Stericycle Environmental Solutions aims to help organizations and consumers safely return unwanted medication through its pharmaceutical consumer takeback suite of Seal&Send Medication MailBack Envelopes and Medication Collection Kiosks.
Whenever prescription drugs are thrown away or flushed, they end up in our water supply. Today, pharmaceutical contamination affects the drinking water of at least 41 million Americans, according to Stericycle Environmental Solutions. Each day, 110 Americans die every day from drug-related overdoses, the company adds. America’s opioid epidemic is fed in part by consumer carelessness when disposing of prescription drugs.
Through its pharmaceutical consumer takeback suite, Stericycle helps end-users reduce medication waste. Each waterproof and tear-resistant envelope allows up to 8 ounces of pharmaceutical waste and can be dropped in any USPS mailbox. The envelopes have a nondescript design without any markings to identify the contents, a pre-addressed label to the collector’s registered address, paid postage, a unique identification number for tracking, and an instruction card. The envelopes are tracked and disposed of at a DEA- registered facility.
Medication Collection Kiosks are serviced by trained technicians who routinely service pharmaceutical locations. The kiosks have a scale so when the weight hits a maximum capacity, a light will turn on, reducing overflow. Each kiosk includes a 22-inch video screen to provide clear, full-motion instruction for hearing-impaired, non-English
speakers, and anyone who might not be able to understand written instructions.
Seal&Send envelopes can be used by schools, businesses, and organizations while collection kiosks are useful for retail pharmacies, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and law enforcement agencies. The envelopes and kiosks are compliant with DEA standards.
In less than one year, Stericycle’s Seal&Send Medication MailBack Envelopes and Medication Collection Kiosks prevented over 70 tons of pharmaceutical waste from entering waterways and local landfills, the company reports.