Q: Is it appropriate for physicians to recommend that their patients return his/her unused controlled substance prescription to a pharmacy?
A: No. A patient may not return his or her unused controlled substance medication to a pharmacy. Click here for more information on proper disposal. Unused controlled substance medication may only be returned to a pharmacy in the event of the medication being recalled or a dispensing error has occurred. Both health care professionals and patients should be aware of the proper ways to dispose of controlled substances as well as non-narcotic prescription medication. View those standards here.
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