The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to put hundreds of millions of unused opioids into the U.S. mail stream annually. This is both dangerous and unnecessary, as there are simpler and far better ways to immediately get rid of these dangerous narcotics.
When a patient no longer needs prescribed opioids for severe pain relief, the unused pills are a lurking danger. Take-back programs at pharmacies, police stations, and other venues enable people to dispose of opioids safely and quickly. Another option is commercially available in home-disposal kits that are inexpensive and easy to use.
The FDA’s efforts threaten to cannibalize existing programs and come at a time of widespread crime at the U.S. Postal Service.
Lexington Institute’s Paul Steidler discusses this in an Op-Ed from InsideSources DC Journal here.
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