Last updated on January 21, 2021

This is an update of the article originally published on October 9, 2014. Regulations change frequently. That’s why Sharps Compliance monitors updates and communicates any changes to its customers.

On September 9, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Agency published the Disposal of Controlled Substances Final Rule, which went into effect on October 9, 2014. This new rule allowed registered collectors to place DEA-compliant drug collection receptacles in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) for the collection and disposal of ultimate-user controlled substances (Schedules II-V).

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Most parents worry about their teens getting access to drugs at school or in social settings – not at the dentist. However, the American Dental Association and private insurers have expressed concerns about the widespread practice of prescribing opioid painkillers to teens after oral surgeries. The patients who filled those opioid prescriptions were nearly three times as likely to use opioids in the year after the prescription.

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This year is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. In 1970, about 10% of the total population of the United States participated in Earth Day activities. This year, organizers cited the World Health Organization’s (WHO) advice and recommendations and have discouraged large-in person events. April 22, 2020 will be the first Digital Earth Day and will include “virtual protests, social media campaigns, online teach-ins and more.

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