Statement from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Regarding the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA's) Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances

Sep 9 2014
Statement from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Regarding the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA's) Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued the following statement after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released its Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances.


“This announcement from the DEA appears to be a positive development.  It is my hope that expanding the options to drop off prescription drugs will reduce misuse and abuse, which has contributed to Wisconsin’s ongoing and significant heroin problem,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.  “The Wisconsin Department of Justice is in the process of reviewing what this final rule means for Wisconsin and will work with our local law enforcement partners as well as lawmakers and others to understand how we may collectively address this important change.”


For more information on the DEA’s announcement, visit the following link:

Sept. 8, 2014, News Release from U.S. DEA


Also, this past session, the Wisconsin Legislature passed a series of bills to address Wisconsin’s heroin problem, including 2013 Wisconsin Act 198, which updates Wisconsin’s criminal and regulatory law concerning prescription drugs and controlled substances to encourage and facilitate local drug disposal programs. 


The state legislation authorizes the creation of programs to receive household pharmaceutical items (including prescription drugs and other controlled substances) and to recycle, destroy, or otherwise dispose of those items, pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 66.0437.  In addition, a city, village, town, or county may operate or authorize a drug disposal program within the boundaries of the political subdivision.  These statutory changes take effect on July 1, 2015.


The purpose of the changes is to ensure that any person or municipality operating a drug disposal program has the clear legal authority to do so, and to ensure that such programs are developed with appropriate guidelines and oversight.


REMINDER:  The DEA’s National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day is September 27th


Attorney General Van Hollen also reminds Wisconsinites that the next National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day is Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10 am to 2 pm, during which residents may drop off their unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs at collection sites statewide.  The “Take-Back” service is free and anonymous.  Using your zip code, you can find a drop-off location near you by clicking here.