[Pharmwaste] 67-92% of surgery patients end up w unused opioids; >70% of them don't store them securely.

Ed Gottlieb EGottlieb at cityofithaca.org
Wed Aug 2 14:22:41 EDT 2017


"Between 67 percent and 92 percent of the patients included in the review reported that, after a surgical procedure, they had unused opioids left over from a prescription. In addition, more than 70 percent of the patients in the review said they stored the leftover drugs in an unlocked location, such as a medicine cabinet, according to the review, published today (Aug. 2) in the journal JAMA Surgery<http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/fullarticle/10.1001/jamasurg.2017.0831>.

An estimated 3.8 million Americans use opioids improperly each month, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey on drug use. And more than half of the people who misused the drugs said they got the pills from a friend or relative in at least one of the following ways: They were given the pills for free, they paid for them or they took them without asking, according to the review. [America's Opioid-Use Epidemic: 5 Startling Facts<https://www.livescience.com/56248-america-opioid-use-epidemic.html>]"

https://www.livescience.com/60012-leftover-opioids-after-surgery.html



Ed Gottlieb
Chair, Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal
Board Member, New York Product Stewardship Council
Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator
Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility
525 3rd Street
Ithaca, NY  14850
(607) 273-8381
fax: (607) 273-8433
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