The Drug Enforcement Agency should consider community pharmacies as disposal locations for controlled substances, urged new comments submitted to Congress by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

"Consumer surveys demonstrate that local pharmacies are the most convenient locations where consumers seek to return unused or expired medicines," said an NCPA statement submitted to a recent U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee. At present, pharmacists participating in NCPA's "Dispose My Meds" program are not allowed to take back controlled substances.

The more than 1,200 community pharmacies voluntarily participating in NCPA's Dispose My Meds collection program have taken in more than 25,000 pounds of unused or expired non-controlled medications in the past year.

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