Schumer urges DEA to fund drug buyback events

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the Drug Enforcement Agency to amend and approve regulations that would allow pharmacies to host community take-back drug programs.

Schumer says a bill pending in New York would certify participating pharmacies and community groups to take back prescription medication. But before it can become reality, the DEA would need to amend regulations under the 2010 Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act.

The senator says that on Long Island prescription drug abuse is a growing problem.

He says police there say thieves who break into homes are more likely to steal drugs than jewelry.

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