Senator Jay Rockefeller today applauded the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for their proposed rule, which Rockefeller pushed for, to implement a permanent prescription drug disposal plan to help prevent prescription drug abuse.
"West Virginia faces a troubling prescription drug abuse problem that is fueled in part by excess prescription drugs left in medicine cabinets and household drawers," Rockefeller said. "We've made strides with nationwide Drug Take-Back Days, but we need a permanent solution for the safe disposal of prescription drugs. The DEA's proposed rule marks a step in the right direction, and offers an opportunity to expand options for disposing of drugs properly. Providing a national standard and clear process for safe disposal will help us address the drug abuse epidemic head-on in both the country and our state."
The DEA published a proposed rule that would implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which requires the DEA to enforce a safe and lawful disposal method for prescription drugs. The proposed rule will establish national standards for drug disposal and expand available disposal options for controlled substances, including take-back events and new processes for distributors, manufacturers, and pharmacies to administer mail-back programs or to offer collection locations.
In November, Rockefeller wrote to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart asking the DEA to take action to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act.