From the Office of National Drug Control Policy
DEA Disposal of Controlled Substances Webinar
Please join ONDCP Acting Director Michael Botticelli, Imelda Paredes of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Alameda County, California government officials for a webinar titled, “The DEA Disposal of Controlled Substances Final Rule for Community Agencies.” The webinar will be held on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 10:00am – 11:00am (EST).
As you may recall, ONDCP recently joined the DEA in announcing new federal regulations that created convenient, legal avenues for safe, environmentally-friendly disposal of unneeded prescription drugs. This final rule expands options to dispose of unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs at approved pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, narcotic treatment programs and other drop-off sites. Community governments, coalitions, and citizens interested in establishing a take back program are invited to join.
In 2013, an estimated 2.8 million people 12 years and older used an illicit drug for the first time, according to the 2013 National Survey of Drug Use and Health. About one-in-five of those respondents said they misused prescription drugs. Moreover, prescription drugs were implicated in more than half of the 41,502 overdose deaths in 2012, and opioid pain medicines were involved in 16,007 of these deaths.
Please register no later than 5pm (EST) Friday, October 31, 2014 to join this important discussion and learn more about the new drug disposal rules.
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