DEA to Permit Consumers to Return Unused Prescription Medications to Pharmacies

The Drug Enforcement Administration recently announced that it would permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies. A move that until now was illegal to do so. OxyContin and stimulants like Adderall and depressants like Ativan are controlled substances and the Controlled Substances Act allowed patients only to dispose of the drugs themselves (down the drain) or to surrender them to law enforcement during the twice annual “take-back” days. With this new regulation, they can now be returned to a participating pharmacy year-round and not dumped down the drain. This is good news for our streams and rivers! See the NY Times article here.

As part of the drug take-back ongoing campaign, the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.  Clean out your medicine cabinets and dispose of your old medicines the safe way by returning them to a pharmacy. You can find a participating pharmacy by clicking here.

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