Proper disposal of controlled substances will become easier October 9th!

If the thought of having to dispose of controlled substances makes you cringe, you’re not alone. The good news is that the DEA has announced new regulations, establishing more options for the secure disposal of controlled substances by practitioners and their clients. The final rule, which establishes and discusses the regulatory changes, is effective October 9, 2014.

New disposal options for your clients (“ultimate users” or “end users”) include authorized take-back events, mail-back programs, and collection receptacle locations.

Impacting you (“DEA licensed practitioner” or “registrant”) more directly is that DEA has deleted the existing rule related to registrant disposal, 21 CFR 1307.21, and incorporated similar requirements on proper disposal procedure and security into a new part 1317 on disposal. These changes provide consistent disposal procedures for each registrant category, regardless of geographic location. The new regulations maintain existing disposal practices for registrant inventory and authorize: Prompt on-site destruction; prompt delivery of controlled substances to a reverse distributor; and prompt delivery (for the purposes of return and recall) to the person from whom the controlled substance was obtained, the manufacturer, or a registrant authorized to accept returns on the manufacturer’s behalf.

The AVMA is updating its online information to reflect the regulatory changes made by DEA. Key resources include:

In addition, the AVMA’s policy on Client Disposal of Controlled Substances is being reviewed by AVMA leadership. If you’d like to have your opinions on this policy heard by AVMA’s leadership, here’s an easy, step by step way to do it.

  1. Click on the respective policy above or where it appears on the Browse AVMA Policies web page.
  2. Click on the orange “Comment on this policy” quote bubble.
  3. Enter your AVMA ID and password. (You can ask for an ID/Password reminder if you don’t remember.)
  4. Click on the word “COMMENT,” which appears just to the upper right of the policy.
  5. Enter your comments.
  6. Click “Save.”

The same process applies to all of the AVMA policies. As an AVMA member, you can use our website to comment on any AVMA policy at any time.

3 thoughts on “Proper disposal of controlled substances will become easier October 9th!

  1. The photo chosen depicts a serious reason for why the disposal regulations have been changed – to better remove unused, unwanted, tainted, and expired substances from households and out of the reach of children and teenagers.

    • Do you REALLY think that pairing this photo of a small child getting in a medicine cabinet with this headline about easier disposal of controlled drugs is appropriate?