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Capitol Health Call
August 11, 2010

Simplifying Drug Disposal

JAMA. 2010;304(6):628. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1078

Sen Herb Kohl (D, Wis) is urging the creation of a single federal guideline for drug disposal to make it easier for persons to remove potentially dangerous medications from their homes.

At a June 30 hearing of the Senate's Special Committee on Aging, Kohl, who is the committee's chairman, said people have trouble disposing of unneeded medications because of conflicting rules issued by a variety of federal agencies, designed to prevent illegal use of drugs and to protect the environment (http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=326079&).

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