Success: DEA to Provide Safe and Accessible Drug Disposal


Target: Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration Michele Leonhart

Goal: Thank the DEA for allowing people to safely return unwanted prescription drugs at any time across the nation.

Recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration implemented a new collection initiative which should make dropping off prescription drugs easier and much more accessible to the public. Many have worked hard these past few years to help safely remove unwanted pharmaceutical drugs from the public. The DEA has held “National Take Back Days” across the country to allow people to quickly, safely, and anonymously drop off unwanted medications, but their new initiative will make things even easier.

Many efforts, including petitions from ForceChange, have been made to prevent people from polluting local waterways with their unwanted medications. Fortunately, the DEA has recently finalized a rule that will allow authorized collectors such as pharmacies and long-term care facilities across the country to collect unwanted pharmaceutical drugs. This rule is also responsible for creating mail-back programs where people can mail back prescriptions without even leaving their homes.

Having these programs and making returning drugs more accessible offers many benefits. When people return their medications for a safe disposable, it lowers the chance for these drugs to be stolen, misused, or abused.

Safe disposal of medications not only benefits people but also the environment. There have been incidences where people dump their unwanted drugs down the sink or toilet where they eventually end up in local waterways. By allowing people an easy, safe way to dispose of their medications, it will help prevent the harmful consequences careless dumping has on the environment.

The DEA has made a monumental decision by allowing the public easy access to get rid of unwanted medications. Please help us thank them for their decision.


Dear Administrator Leonhart,

The Drug Enforcement Administration has made many efforts to provide safe, accessible ways for the public to dispose of old, unwanted medications. With the focus shifting from a single-day event to a year round program, more people will be able to safely dispose of their prescription drugs.

This is a wonderful decision that will help protect many. It will not only help society but the environment as well. When prescription drugs are discarded in toilets or local waterways, it pollutes the environment and provides an unstable living condition for the organisms living in it. By creating the opportunity for all Americans to dispose of their drugs safely, it will help prevent chemicals from ending up in local ecosystems.

Thank you again for your decision. Your efforts will help protect many Americans and their local environments.


[Your Name Here]

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