This will be the third year Sandy Springs Police has participated in the program. Last year, the department took in more than 100 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs. In the four previous Take-Back events, the DEA, in conjunction with state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, collected more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications.
The 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 the DEA’s first Take-Back Day event four years ago, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amended the Controlled Substances Act, allowing the DEA to develop permanent, ongoing and responsible methods for disposal.
Prior to the passage of the Disposal Act, the Controlled Substances Act provided no legal means for transferring possession of controlled substance medications from users to other individuals for disposal.
On Dec. 21, the DEA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rule-making for disposal of controlled substances. These regulations would implement the 2010 act 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.
Information: visit http://1.usa.gov/16HYjaX.