Stericycle Environmental Solutions Works to Combat America’s Opioid Epidemic

By: Stericycle

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that 91 Americans die every day from opioid addiction and for every death, more than 30 others are admitted to the emergency room. Studies have also shown that these pain pills can become a gateway addiction to heroin use.

Tragically, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled since 1999. As opioid-related incidents continue to rise, the topic is becoming a more prominent legislative issue, as well. President Donald Trump, joined by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, recently announced the creation of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. His proposed budget highlighted a $500 million increase to expand opioid misuse prevention efforts and to increase drug treatment.

In short, America is experiencing an opioid epidemic. However, what many people don’t realize is that the epidemic is further impacted by consumers unknowingly disposing of prescription drugs incorrectly.

Improper pharmaceutical waste disposal has severe implications on communities and the environment. Whenever prescription drugs are thrown away or flushed, medication ultimately ends up in our water supply or in landfills and garbage cans, where people are more likely to find them.

In an effort to help eliminate the amount of unused and expired prescription drugs that end up in communities throughout America, Stericycle Environmental Solutions recently released a Pharmaceutical Consumer Takeback Suite, including Seal&Send Medication MailBack Envelopes and Medication Collection Kiosks.

Seal&Send Medication MailBack Envelopes provide a safe and convenient option for consumers to dispose of their unused or expired drugs by filling a pre-addressed envelope with up to 8oz of pharmaceutical waste and dropping it into any USPS mailbox. Similarly, Medication Collection Kiosks offer a reliable, anonymous outlet for consumers to dispose of unwanted drugs in a safe place within their communities.

Through the Pharmaceutical Consumer Takeback Suite, Stericycle is actively working to help end-users reduce the amount of medication waste that ends up in landfills and our water supply. Additionally, these products encourage the safe disposal of pharmaceuticals within communities and reduce opportunities for diversion and abuse.

For more information on our Pharmaceutical Consumer Takeback Suite, click here.