[Pharmwaste] Take-back location search engines
margaret.shield at cehstrategies.com
Thu Aug 31 18:00:57 EDT 2017
I think your list of websites is very comprehensive Ed, but unfortunately
none of the existing national websites is a fully comprehensive and accurate
database of medicine take-back locations, which are still largely operated
at the local level by many different types of agencies and entities.
Many on this listserv are probably aware that there's an important caveat
about the DEA's authorized collector database. It provides a list of
pharmacies, hospitals and other DEA registrants that been approved as
authorized collectors for controlled substances and other medicines,
however, those sites may or may not have an active drop box program.
Whenever I've looked in to details on the DEA's list, I've found pharmacy
locations that are not currently operating a medicine take-back program.
Either they haven't started their program yet, or they have discontinued the
program. Therefore, I don't recommend the DEA database as a good search
engine for the public. It is a useful tool for verifying that a collector
is DEA authorized.
The <http://www.TakeBackYourMeds.org> www.TakeBackYourMeds.org website is
primarily for Washington state, with just a few locations listed in other NW
state (not a comprehensive list). It is being actively maintained and
updated by the WA Poison Center. Take Back Your Meds has the most
comprehensive listing of medicine drop-off sites in WA state that I am aware
of. However, there are probably some medicine take-back locations in WA that
choose not to be promoted through this website for various reasons,
primarily that they cannot handle any larger volumes of medicines than what
they're already receiving.
For Oregon, there are at least two organizations maintaining lists of
medicine take-back locations:
* the Oregon Coalition for Responsible Use of Meds (coordinated by
Lines for Life) has this map of locations:
* the OR Association of Clean Water Agencies maintains a list that is
updated several times a year, see:
Another multi-state online resource to add to the list is
This is the website maintained by MED-Project, LLC which is the
pharmaceutical stewardship organization representing drug manufacturers who
are complying with county-level ordinances in 8 counties in CA and 4
counties in WA, with additional counties in these states and others working
to enact similar legislation. As these programs are launched under the
local ordinances, the secure medicine drop-off locations are listed by
county on MED-Projects website. Locations where prepaid return mailers are
distributed are also listed.
For those not familiar with these local pharmaceutical stewardship policies,
here's an article from the Everett WA Herald on the launch of the 2nd of
these county programs in WA state.
And I also have some information about pharmaceutical stewardship policies
on my website at: <https://www.cehstrategies.com/safer-meds>
>From my past experience with the Take Back Your Meds website, a very labor
intensive component of this work is keeping the information about each
medicine collection location accurate and up-to-date. Whomever is managing
the drop-off site database has to be regularly in contact with those
locations about details that may change such as accessible hours and types
of medicines accepted. It's a lot of person-to-person outreach. A national
"search engine" to pull data from all these state and local sources will
only be as accurate as the local data. Dedicated resources will be needed to
help with those local cataloguing efforts.
Margaret Shield, PhD
Community Environmental Health Strategies, LLC
Smart Science & Policy for Our Health and Environment
<mailto:margaret.shield at CEHstrategies.com>
margaret.shield at CEHstrategies.com
From: Pharmwaste [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf
Of Ed Gottlieb
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:52 AM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: [Pharmwaste] Take-back location search engines
Do you happen to know which of the national search engines below:
* Are the most inclusive?
* Most up-to-date?
* Have sites not included in other engines?
The DEA collector site should have every non-law enforcement location that
accepts controlled substances.
The National Community Pharmacists Association search engine includes (at
least some) pharmacies that don't accept controlled substances.
Do you know of any additional search engines?
Can you estimate the practicality (technical, permissions, and cost) of
creating a search engine that would include enough of these data bases that
all sites would be included?
Take-Back Location Search Engines
DEA (all authorized collectors; does not include law enforcement locations)
DEA (take-back day)
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
The National Community Pharmacists Association (independent pharmacies only)
National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI)
CVS (includes non-CVS locations)
Walgreens (only Walgreen locations)
MedReturn (only sites w/their brand of boxes)
STATE AND REGIONAL SEARCH ENGINES (very incomplete)
Product Stewardship Institute (links to all states)
Take Back Your Meds (N.W. US; probably not being updated)
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
fax: (607) 273-8433
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