Drug Take-Back Programs Bill Signed Into Law

States and private entities can now create prescription drug take-back programs to help people safely dispose of old or unwanted medicine. President Obama signed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act in October. The new law clears the way for more programs to collect and dispose of prescription drugs. Previously, it was illegal to turn over controlled substances to anyone but law enforcement. In the past, unused prescription medications have been thrown in the trash or flushed down the toilet, which can pollute the water supply.