Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act Signed Into Law

President Obama signed into law the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act (S 3397) on October 12, 2010. The law amends the Controlled Substances Act to give the Attorney General authority to promulgate regulations to allow patients to deliver unused prescription controlled substances “to appropriate entities for disposal in a safe and effective manner consistent with effective controls against diversion.” The law also allows for the authorization of controlled substance disposal by long-term health care facilities on behalf of patients in accordance with regulations to be established by the Attorney General. Further, under the law the United States Sentencing Commission is required to review federal sentencing guidelines and policy statements and, if appropriate, amend these guidelines and policy statements to establish an appropriate penalty increase for persons convicted of a drug offense related to receipt of a controlled substance from an ultimate user or long-term care facility for disposal.

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