DEA Statement Regarding President Obama’s Signing
of the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act

By signing the "Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act" into law today, the President has taken an important step in addressing the alarming rise in prescription drug abuse.  This bill will help reduce the diversion of prescription drugs that often sit in our own medicine cabinets far too long.  In fact, on September 25, the Drug Enforcement Administration, working with our state and local law enforcement partners, urged the public to turn in their unused, unwanted, or expired medications.  On just that one day alone, people from communities all across the nation removed more than 121 tons of pills from their family medicine cabinets.  The DEA will now work diligently to develop regulations that will allow people to dispose of their prescription medications in a responsible and safe manner, not just on one day, but every day.

Michele M. Leonhart

Acting Administrator