DEA Expands Controlled Substance Take Back

As of today, October 9th,  DEA will allow the transfer of unused or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances to authorized collectors for the purpose of disposal.  Authorized collectors will include:  manufacturers, distributors, reverse distributors, narcotic treatment programs, retail pharmacies, and hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy.  Additionally, long-term-care facilities will do the same on behalf of residents or former residents of their facilities.

“These new regulations will expand the public’s options to safely and responsibly dispose of unused or unwanted medications,” said DEA Administrator Leonhart.  “The new rules will allow for around-the-clock, simple solutions to this ongoing problem.  Now everyone can easily play a part in reducing the availability of these potentially dangerous drugs.”

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