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Program properly disposes of drugs

The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

In Halifax County, the Takeback Program will be held at South Boston Police Department in South Boston where all prescriptions can be dropped off to be disposed of in a proper manner by the DEA. 

“This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications,” said State Police Special Agent Jay George III. “This operation is done to properly dispose of prescriptions no longer needed by individuals.

“This program helps ensure that the narcotics do not fall into the wrong hands.  Prescription narcotics are one of the most widely abused substances facing our nation and community.  The reason for the increase of abuse is the availability of such substances in all of our homes,” George said.

“This presence of these substances leads to possibility of exposing them to vulnerable individuals, such as children or people with substance addictions.  Keeping these prescriptions in your residence could make your home more susceptible to break-ins due to individuals seeking these substances,” he added.

In previous Take-Back events, The Drug Enforcement Administration in conjunction with the state, local and tribal law enforcement partners have collected more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications and removed them from circulation.

The National Prescription Drug 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 Drug Enforcement Administration’s first Take-Back Day event several years ago, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amended the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), allowing DEA to develop permanent, ongoing and responsible methods for disposal. 

Prior to the passage of the Disposal Act, the CSA provided no legal means for transferring possession of controlled substance medications from users to other individuals for disposal. 

On Dec. 21, 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Disposal of Controlled Substances.  These regulations would implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 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. 

However, until these regulations become permanent, the Drug Enforcement Administration will continue to hold Take-Back Days, George explained.