In the first week of August, the Senate unanimously passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act (S. 3397) to provide for take-back disposal of controlled substances by legitimate users—patients.

Under this act, patients with controlled substances can transfer these drugs for disposal to a non-DEA registered person who is authorized to dispose of them and the disposal occurs in accordance with regulations issued from the Attorney General to prevent drug diversion.

The legislation would also allow long-term-care (LTC) facilities to dispose of controlled substances, according to regulations that will be written by the Justice Department.

Read more on the Congressional hearing