Staff members with the department’s Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program have asked the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to allow the program to collect unused prescription drugs and other medications alongside unwanted pesticides. The department submitted its application in October. DEA approval is necessary because the program might collect controlled substances.
“Our department pioneered the safe collection and disposal of pesticides back in 1980,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “By slightly modifying our program, we can also become a national model for helping citizens safely get rid of unused medications. At a time when concern about medications ending up in our nation’s waters is growing, this program could be a great benefit to our state.”