It’s a good solution: a bin for the disposal of unused or expired medications.
Problem: The acknowledgement of the growing risks to public safety and damage to the environment from drugs being disposed of inappropriately, has led many governments around the world to mandate the use of denaturing bins for the safe disposal of opioids.
The Solution: DrugWaste bins are perfect for disposal of unused drugs in theatres, wards (hospitals) and pharmacies. In theatres in particular, they provide a safe way for anaesthetists to dispose of left-over injectable medications.
- Liquid drugs (S8’s and S4’s) are emptied from their administration goods and packaging into the DrugWaste bin. The liquid then reacts with a formula in the bottom of the bin, causing all the liquid drugs to physically change into a blue semi-solid gel.
- Tablets and capsules can also be disposed of via a separate specialised DrugWaste Bin product.
- The DrugWaste bins are also suitable for unused antibiotics as they prevent antibiotics from entering our waterways.
The Benefits: using DrugWaste bins means that liquid drugs are rendered unrecognisable and unusable immediately at the point that they enter the waste stream.
- Drugs are physically denatured to the extent that they become a solid gel so they can't be re-injected.
- They contain human aversion agents that prevent the gel from being consumed.
- The gel is always blue and leaves no visual cues as to what it contains.
- Using DrugWaste bins means that pharmacies have a simple way of dealing with “hard to crush” drugs such as Oxycontin, Jurnista and Targin.
- Denaturing bins simply allow drugs to safely enter much cheaper clinical waste streams that are destined for (compliant) destruction.