The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) recently urged congress to consider using local pharmacies as disposal locations for controlled substances.
The NCPA has hailed the success of its Dispose My Meds program, which enoucourages customers to bring unused and expired medicines to the pharmacy for proper disposal. However, the program — which boast taking in 25,00 pounds of medicine – is only allowed to accept non-controlled medications.
“Consumer surveys demonstrate that local pharmacies are the most convenient locations where consumers seek to return unused or expired medicines,” — NCPA statement to U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee.
Community pharmacisits would also welcome the ability to expand the role it plays in drug diversion and abuse prevention, specifically as it relates to the growth of illegal Internet pharmacies.