NWPSC Activities: Medicines

DEA Seeks Comment on Proposed Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) released their notice of proposed rulemaking on disposal of controlled substances under the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County (LHWMP) is commenting in support of DEA’s proposed regulation. Comments must be submitted by February 19, 9pm Pacific, via electronic comment form (or postmarked on or before February 19): read the proposed rule and submit comments on the Federal Register. Visit TakeBackYourMeds.org for more on the Act.

The NWPSC Medicines Subcommittee tracks programs and policies that support the creation of secure, statewide medicine return programs for unwanted medicines from households that are financed by pharmaceutical manufacturers, and that do not rely on state and local government funding. The NWPSC created a sample resolution in support of medicine stewardship (PDF).