[Pharmwaste] Concrete

Holcomb, Sarah, NMENV sarah.holcomb at state.nm.us
Thu Feb 25 09:25:12 EST 2010


Hi Ryan,

 

Here in New Mexico, our Solid Waste Bureau does not allow incineration
at all. At the take back events that we do, usually a contractor is
hired to deal with the non-controlled medications, and the controlled
medications are taken into custody by the police department. From there
they are mixed into a 5 gallon bucket with some concrete and then
landfilled. Folks think that this is secure enough (what addict is going
to dig in a landfill to break apart concrete to get a fix?) aside from
the fact that I think the chemical reactions with the concrete might
render some of the medicines inert. However, there is a group here who
is trying to get the Solid Waste rules changed in order to allow
incineration. 

 

As for whether it's better than incinerating, I'm not sure. 

 

Sarah Holcomb

            NM Environment Department

            Surface Water Quality Bureau

 

From: Forbes, Ryan N. [mailto:rnforbes at bluegrass.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 4:07 PM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: Make drugs inert

 

Hello, I have been following this list serve for a while now but have
yet to comment.  

 

Many of our law enforcement officers endorse the idea of mixing the
drugs in cement, epoxy, or some manufactured product to render it
unusable.  

 

Is this an environmentally friendly option?  Is it better than
incinerating? 

 

Thank you,

 

Ryan

 

 

 

Ryan N. Forbes, M.A.

 

Bluegrass Prevention Center

 

P.O. Box 13670

 

Lexington, KY 40583-3670

 

(859) 225-3296 x 658

 

rnforbes at bluegrass.org <mailto:rnforbes at bluegrass.org>  

 

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Sarah Holcomb

Environmental Scientist/Specialist

Surface Water Quality Bureau

New Mexico Environment Department

5500 San Antonio NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

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