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Take-Back Day a way to dispose of old drugs

The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to take place on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

In Halifax County, the Takeback Program will be held at Walmart in South Boston.

“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.”

In the five 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 that were removed 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 two 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.