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Non-DEA Registrant (General Public) Drug Disposal

On October 12, 2010, the President signed the "Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010." This Act allows DEA to promulgate new regulations that will allow ultimate users to deliver unused pharmaceutical controlled substances to appropriate entities for disposal in a safe and effective manner consistent with effective controls against diversion. DEA is fully engaged in the rulemaking process and anticipates publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in 2011.


On January 21, 2009, DEA published in the Federal Register an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), Disposal of Controlled Substances by Persons Not Registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration. This ANPRM sought comments on how to address the issue of disposal of dispensed controlled substances held by DEA nonregistrants (i.e., ultimate users, long term care facilities). DEA was interested in the possible options that would enable nonregistrants to dispose of unwanted controlled substances, while also protecting public health and public safety, and minimizing the possibility of diversion. The public comment period for this ANPRM ended on March 23, 2009.

January 21, 2009 Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Comments (To view bill and comments)

Public Meeting on Drug Disposal

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