[Pharmwaste] National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study

Ed Gottlieb EGottlieb at cityofithaca.org
Tue Jul 25 11:00:03 EDT 2017

Take back gets very prominent mention in a new consensus study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Story about the study:


Study highlights:



A constellation of policies, interventions, and tools related to lawful access to opioids and clinical decision making can help reduce or contain opioid-related harms while meeting the needs of patients with pain. These strategies include: (1) restricting the lawful supply of opioids; (2) influencing prescribing practices; (3) reducing demand; and (4) reducing harm.

Restricting supply

See Recommendation 5-1

Although more research is needed, limited evidence suggests that state and local interventions aimed at reducing the supply of prescription opioids in the community may help curtail access. Importantly, however, none of these studies investigates the impact of reduced access on the well-being of individuals suffering from pain whose access to opioids was curtailed. Drug take-back programs allow people with unused medications to bring them in for proper disposal. These programs can increase awareness of the need for the safe disposal or return of many unused drugs. Access to these programs should be expanded, with states convening public-private partnerships to implement take-back programs year-round rather than the standard occasional take-back event."

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
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