Abuse of narcotics, amphetamines and other controlled substances is currently the fastest-growing public epidemic, nationally and worldwide. We’ve compiled timely resources to help fight diversion where the impacts are most personal—within local communities. An educated advocate is an effective advocate. Learn more about the reality of prescription medication diversion and how limiting access to unused, unwanted or expired medications can make a difference.
Get The Facts
Did you know it’s illegal for a medical provider to collect or hold unused, unwanted or expired medications, even when those medications are retained under lock and key? Disposing of medications is such a modern concept that even seasoned practitioners are often unfamiliar with DEA policy, the Code of Federal Regulations and the legal ramifications of collecting prescribed medications without a proper disposal plan. That’s where NarcX™ can help. Whether your needs involve occasional disposal of a small amount of pills or comprehensive destruction of narcotic and non-narcotic substances collected in a drug take-back program, we have a solution for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are my options to legally dispose of medications?
A: There are currently only two medication disposal methods that comply with DEA policy and the Code of Federal Regulations—those include incineration at a DEA compliant waste management facility and non-retrievable on-site disposal that is environmentally friendly.
Q: Are other on-site medication disposal methods compliant with the DEA and the CFR?
A: While other companies claim that they are compliant, their methods do not adhere to DEA policy and the Code of Federal Regulations without involving waste management in the disposal process.
Q: How is NarcX™ compliant with DEA policy and the Code of Federal Regulations?
A: NarcX meets DEA guidelines by using its proprietary formula to render tablets, capsules and liquids immediately non-retrievable by dissolving pills on contact and neutralizing them within a few hours. NarcX ingredients are all natural, making it environmentally friendly. We are the only DEA/CFR-compliant provider of a liquid solution disposal method.
Q: Does NarcX work on all medications?
A: NarcX is designed to work with all controlled and non-controlled substances, including tablets, capsules and liquid medication. NarcX is not currently effective for the disposal of medication patches such as Fentanyl.
Q: Who tested NarcX, and what did they test for?
A: An independent DEA-registered analytical laboratory was engaged to test and validate that NarcX neutralizes and renders every form of medication—both controlled and non-controlled substances—non-retrievable in under two hours. NarcX had no control or influence over the results of the lab tests.
Q: I’m familiar with products similar to NarcX. What’s the difference?
A: There are a few other liquid medication disposal solutions on the market, but that’s where the similarity ends. NarcX is the only DEA-compliant liquid solution available and has a patent pending on its proprietary formula. Other products make similar claims, but there is no scientific evidence to back them up. The neutralization they are able to achieve takes several days, and medications never fully meet the DEA definition of non-retrievable.
Q: How does NarcX address the diversion of unused medications that has reached epidemic proportions in recent years?
A: Unlike traditional collection methods or other liquid-based products, NarcX immediately dissolves medications on-site. It also contains natural agents that make it indigestible and induce vomiting to prevent tampering or consumption. Because NarcX is so affordable, organizations of all sizes can immediately implement a compliant medication disposal process. Versus other methods, it saves hospitals, pharmacies, law enforcement and government agencies, medical practitioners, DEA-registered reverse distributors and other organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.
Q: How much it would cost a major medical facility, such as a large hospital, to use NarcX?
A: A large hospital facility could save as much as 40-60% per month over traditional methods, such as collection bins, to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications. In addition, because NarcX neutralizes and renders medications non-retrievable on-site, the facility no longer has to comply with other costly protocols for the monitoring, retrieval and disposal of unused medications—including incineration.
Q: What would be the main obstacle for a large medical facility to implement NarcX?
A: The only opposition to converting to NarcX would be inertia—a resistance to changing the way a facility is used to disposing of unused medications. Other than that, NarcX is superior in every way: efficacy, cost, ease of use, environmental impact, speed of destruction, reduction of liability, and adherence to DEA regulations. It is the MOST affordable and effective method for medication disposal on the market today.
Q: Where is NarcX currently available?
A: In the first phase of its launch, NarcX will be marketed in the U.S. to hospitals, pharmacies, law enforcement, government agencies, medical practitioners and DEA-registered reverse distributors, since we believe that is where we can make the greatest impact. We anticipate expanding into international markets sometime in the next year.
Q: Is there a version of NarcX for law enforcement?
A: NarcX is effective for the disposal of unused, unwanted and expired narcotic and non-narcotic prescription drugs collected through drug take-back programs and law enforcement diversion prevention programs as well as other controlled substances in tablet, capsule or liquid form.
Q: What size NarcX do I need?
A: Visit our Products page for information on pill capacity and recommendations for your type of organization.
Q: How do I place an order?
A: Contact NarcX at 1.800.307.2514 to speak with a representative or complete one of our web contact forms.
Q: Does NarcX expire?
A: NarcX has a 24-month shelf life when no medication has been added. Once medication is added, NarcX expires in 6 months.
Q: How do I dispose of NarcX?
A: To dispose of NarcX, seal the bottle or drum with the provided tamper-proof cap. Bottles can be safely thrown in the trash or collected by your local waste management company. Drums can be collected by your local waste management company or NarcX can arrange pickup through one of our contracted vendors. Contact us for more information.
Q: How can I get on autoship?
A: After your initial order, you can get on autoship by contacting your NarcX sales representative or calling 1.800.307.2514.
Q: How can I arrange for a pickup?
A: Contact NarcX at 1.800.307.2514 to arrange for a pickup through one of our contracted vendors at a pre-negotiated, preferred rate.