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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

New federal regulations on disposal of controlled substances just around the corner

IISG is happy to report that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today that they will host a call on Monday to discuss the much anticipated regulations on the disposal of controlled substances. If you are as excited about this as we are, here's the 411:

Who: DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, Acting ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli, US Attorney Tristram Coffin, and DEA Deputy Assistant Administrator Joseph Rannazzisi

What: A media teleconference and Q&A to discuss the final regulations for safe disposal of controlled substances

When: Monday, September 8th at 12 noon Eastern. Media call-in number is (512) 879-2046 and the access code is 583147#

Why: The improper use, storage, and disposal of pharmaceuticals causes nearly 100,000 accidental poisonings of children, the elderly, and pets each year and fuels the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in the US. Pharmaceutical pollution also harms wildlife and reduces the quality of drinking water. Medicine take-back programs are a good tool to help tackle these issues, but they have to be convenient for people to use. The new regulations will remove some (but not all) of the roadblocks to setting up easy-to-use take-back programs.

For more information contact the DEA Public Affiars office at (202) 307-7977.

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