Disposal of Controlled Substances

The Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) Office of Diversion Control regulates the disposal of DEA controlled substances.

  • Proper use and disposal of DEA controlled substances is the responsibility of the individual holding the DEA registration used to obtain them.
  • DEA controlled substances must be disposed of through an authorized Reverse Distributor.
    Reverse distributors are companies licensed and permitted to recycle and/or destroy controlled substances.
  • Environmental Health & Safety is NOT registered with the DEA and therefore cannot collect, hold, or dispose of controlled substances.
  • Principle Investigators who “orphan” controlled substances by abandoning or losing control of them are in violation of federal law.
    Do not create orphan drugs. If drugs are found, contact Chemical and Radioactive Waste Disposal for assistance at (352) 392-8400.