Controlled Substance FAQ's - Disposal

How do I dispose of partially used, unused or expired injectable vials containing controlled substances (injectable veterinary medicine)?

As of April 2013, EHS has been approved by the DEA to dispose of controlled substances used in research through the application of an approved procedure. To dispose of outdated, damaged, or otherwise unusable or unwanted controlled substances, contact EHS at 335-8501 (or Bill Murray at 335-4624).

Each licensed researcher is ultimately responsible to ensure controlled substances are properly disposed of and all necessary disposal forms are completed and submitted to the appropriate agency and EHS. The licensed researcher must maintain copies of the records documenting the transfer and disposal for a period of at least 2 years after disposal of a controlled substance.  

Is there any difference in the procedures for discarding empty vials (injectable drugs) of controlled substances vs. residual quantities of expired controlled substances?

Empty vials of controlled substances (injectable drugs) can be disposed of in red bag biohazardous waste containers, although the label should be removed or rendered unreadable. In addition, the disposal of the empty vial must be recorded in the respective controlled substances accountability record. 

Expired containers of controlled substances (with any contents remaining) must be separated from non-expired containers of controlled substances, and must be clearly labeled as being expired. The expired containers of controlled substances must remain in the locked controlled substances cabinet or safe. To dispose of outdated, damaged, or otherwise unusable or unwanted controlled substances, contact EHS at 335-8501 (or Bill Murray at 335-4624). Final disposition of the expired quantity of the controlled substance must be documented in the respective controlled substance accountability record and send a completed Form 41 to DEA (see the new disposal procedures on the EHS website).

How do I dispose of my controlled substance?

As of April 2013, EHS has been approved by the DEA to dispose of controlled substances used in research through the application of an approved procedure. To dispose of outdated, damaged, or otherwise unusable or unwanted controlled substances, contact EHS at 335-8501 (or Bill Murray at 335-4624).

Each licensed researcher is ultimately responsible to ensure controlled substances are properly disposed of and all necessary disposal forms are completed and submitted to the appropriate agency and EHS. The licensed researcher must maintain copies of the records documenting the transfer and disposal for a period of at least 2 years after disposal of a controlled substance.  

I obtained a reagent that contains a controlled substance but it was sold to me without having to provide a DEA registration number. How can this be? 

A manufacturer or distributor of certain reagents may apply to DEA for exemption from the requirements of DEA registration. These are typically research or analytical reagents that contain very small amounts of the controlled substance. The following is a list of currently exempted substances.

I want to dispose of an exempt substance.  Do I have to go through a reverse distributer?

No. Since the substance is exempt EHS can take possession and will properly dispose of the substance.  However, it must be verified that the reagent is on the DEA exempted list.

The DEA informed me that I need to discard my expired drugs via a reverse distributor.  How do I do this?

To dispose of outdated, damaged, or otherwise unusable or unwanted controlled substances in research labs, contact EHS at 335-8501 (or Bill Murray at 335-4624).