How new hazardous waste pharmaceuticals rule will impact LTC

In the last few years, we’ve seen legislation for the disposal of pharmaceuticals on the state and federal level grow due to our nation’s opioid crisis. One of the most recent rules we’ve seen is the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals. In February 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency published the long-awaited rule in the Federal Register, which will help establish cost-saving, streamlined standards for handling hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. Not only will these new standards help how the healthcare sector operates, but it will better protect the health of individuals and the environment. Annually, it’s estimated up to 2,300 tons of pharmaceuticalsare disposed of down the drain. The EPA predicts that by enacting this new rule, it will reduce the amount of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals entering our waterways. This new rule will prohibit long-term care facilities from dumping pharmaceuticals down the drain, making our drinking and surface water safer and healthier.

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