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Take-Back Day offers chance to dispose of unused medications

SoVaNow.com / April 03, 2013
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day for Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

In Mecklenburg County, Take-Back Day will take place at three locations:

In South Hill, at Walmart, 315 Furr Street

In Clarksville, at the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Department

In Chase City, at the parking lot between Hardee’s and First Citizens Bank

In the four previous Take-Back events, law enforcement partners have collected more than 2 million pounds — 1,018 tons — of prescription medications that were removed from circulation.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

Shortly after DEA’s first Take-Back Day event two years ago, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amended the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), allowing DEA to develop permanent, ongoing, and responsible methods for disposal. Prior to the passage of the Disposal Act, the CSA provided no legal means for transferring possession of controlled substance medications from users to other individuals for disposal.

On December 21, 2012, DEA published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Disposal of Controlled Substances. These regulations would implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-273) by expanding the options available to collect controlled substances from ultimate users for purposes of disposal to include: Take-Back events, mail-back programs, and collection receptacle locations.

However, until these regulations become permanent, DEA will continue to hold Take-Back Days.







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