Summary: H.R.5809 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (09/22/2010)

Safe Drug Disposal Act of 2010 - Amends the Controlled Substances Act to permit an ultimate user who has lawfully obtained a controlled substance (or, if deceased, anyone authorized to dispose of the ultimate user's property), without being registered, to deliver such substance to another person for the purpose of disposal if: (1) the person receiving the controlled substance is authorized to receive and dispose of the substance; and (2) the delivery and disposal takes place in accordance with regulations issued by the Attorney General to prevent diversion of controlled substances. Requires the Attorney General's regulations for drug disposal to be consistent with the public health and safety and to not require any entity to establish or operate a delivery or disposal program.

Directs: (1) the Attorney General to authorize long-term care facilities to deliver for disposal controlled substances on behalf of ultimate users in a manner that provides effective controls against diversion and that is consistent with public health and safety; (2) the Director of National Drug Control Policy, in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to carry out a public education and outreach campaign to increase awareness of safe drug disposal; (3) the Comptroller General to collect data on the delivery, transfer, and disposal of controlled substances under this Act and to submit findings and recommendations to Congress on the use, effectiveness, and accessibility of disposal programs; and (4) the EPA Administrator, in consultation with state and local officials and other sources of relevant technical expertise, to study and report to Congress on the environmental impacts from the ultimate disposal of controlled substances through existing methods and the ease and cost of implementation of drug take-back programs.