DEA Implements Cornyn-Klobuchar Law to Help Curb Prescription Drug Abuse
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 9/8/2014, 2:16 p.m.
WASHINGTON–The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued the final rule necessary to implement a bipartisan law authored by U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to expand prescription drug take-back programs. The Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act provides consumers with more safe and responsible ways to dispose of unused prescription medications and controlled substances. The law expands options for individuals as well as long-term care facilities, and promotes the development and expansion of prescription drug take-back programs.
“Too many Americans are losing their lives each year to prescription drug abuse and overdose. I’m pleased to see our bipartisan law is being implemented to give Americans across the country greater options to dispose of unused prescription drugs in a safe and effective manner,” Sen. Cornyn said. “This is an important step as we work to curb alarming levels of prescription drug abuse.”
“Prescription drug abuse has reached crisis levels, and today’s action is a huge step forward in reversing this deadly trend,” Klobuchar said. “This law will now give families new options to get rid of leftover pills before they fall into the wrong hands and fuel abuse.”
Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance and Judiciary Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.
For more information, visit http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/