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Safe Drug Disposal Act Of 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. STUPAK. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this legislation.

Millions of Americans are prescribed narcotics for postoperative pain, bone fractures, and other ailments each year. However, most patients do not consume all the prescriptions they are prescribed.

These drugs remain in drug cabinets for years, easily accessible to teens wishing to experiment with drugs.

The Controlled Substances Act regulates prescription narcotics through a registration system. However, the Controlled Substance Act currently exempts patients from this registration requirement.

H.R. 5809 allows individuals to dispose of unused prescription controlled substances to a recipient authorized by the DEA. The bill also authorizes the Attorney General to promulgate regulations for the lawful disposal of prescription controlled substances by a long-term care facility.

H.R. 5809 also clarifies that the DEA regulations set forth in this legislation may not require any entity to establish a drug take-back program.

I want to thank my friend and colleagues, JAY INSLEE, LAMAR SMITH and other colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their hard work and commitment to empowering patients to help prevent prescription drug abuse, especially amongst our youth.

I urge my colleagues to vote in support of the legislation.


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