[Pharmwaste] Chemo Drugs?

Tenace, Laurie Laurie.Tenace at dep.state.fl.us
Tue May 22 08:01:33 EDT 2012

Does DEA have guidance for those doing their collection events? I can’t find any guidance at their web site: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html. This chemo disposal issue seems like something we could help them with.


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From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Matthew C. Mireles
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2012 2:49 PM
To: ANGELA Deckers; pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: Re: [Pharmwaste] Chemo Drugs?


Because chemo drugs are considered toxic, we advise people to return any remaining chemo drug (with packaging, infusion pump, etc.) back to the oncologist or the location where the drug was dispensed.  We looked at this issue several years ago with respect to toxic chemical exposure to volunteers who would be handled returned drugs.  It's not just an environmental concern but also an occupational exposure concern.

Matthew Mireles

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From: ANGELA Deckers
Sent: May 21, 2012 11:41 AM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us<mailto:pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us>
Subject: [Pharmwaste] Chemo Drugs?

Just a clarification from collection programs out there:

Do you accept chemo drugs in your drop-off programs at police stations? If so, are there special requirements for how residents should handle these and subsequently, how police personnel should handle them?

Please respond to me directly at adeckers at cityofboise.org<mailto:adeckers at cityofboise.org>

Thanks for your time.

Angela Deckers
Hazardous Materials Coordinator
Boise Public Works
adeckers at cityofboise.org<mailto:adeckers at cityofboise.org>
208.433.5650 fax
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