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DEA Releases New Rules That Create Convenient But Safe and Secure Prescription Drug Disposal Options

Today the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances, which implements the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, was made available online for preview by the Federal Register at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-20926.pdf.  The Act, in an effort to curtail the prescription drug abuse epidemic, authorized DEA to develop and implement regulations that outline methods to transfer unused or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances to authorized collectors for the purpose of disposal.  The Act also permits long-term-care facilities to do the same on behalf of residents or former residents of their facilities.  The Final Rule will be officially published tomorrow and will take effect on October 9.

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