Medical Waste

Pharmaceuticals/Prescriptions

Prescriptions
  1. Facts
  2. Safe Disposal

Facts

  • Used prescription drugs thrown in trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.  
  • Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.  
  • Used prescription drugs that are flushed can contaminate the water supply.
  • The majority of teens abusing prescription drugs get them from home medicine cabinets.  

Needles/Lancets/Syringes

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Approximately 800,000 needlestick injuries occur in the U.S. annually. Sanitation and recycling workers all suffer when needles are disposed of improperly.  To help protect workers, please see North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Flyer on Safe Needle Disposal (PDF).