Recently, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new Drug Enforcement Admini- stration (DEA) regulation that allows hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, and other authorized entities to provide drop-off locations for outdated or unused prescription drugs. Nursing homes will also be allowed to collect medications turned in by their residents, and the general public will have the option of mailing in their medications to authorized collection companies. Holder and the DEA feel that this new regulation, which went into effect in October 2014, will help to curb the rising prescription drug problem in America.
It’s interesting, no matter what you think of this move by the DEA, that it has is being done well after the peak of the prescription drug epidemic in the United States. I’m not saying that there still isn’t a huge problem, but our federal government always seems to be 1 or 2 steps behind the times! [Read more…]