Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 26, 2012

Rockefeller: Drug disposal proposal can curb abuse

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller says a proposed federal rule would reduce prescription drug abuse.

The Drug Enforcement Administration's proposed rule would establish national standards for prescription drug disposal. It also would expand available drug disposal options, including take-back events.

A 2010 law requires the DEA to enforce a legal and safe prescription drug disposal method. Rockefeller asked the DEA in November to implement the law.

The West Virginia Democrat says prescription drug abuse or misuse is responsible for nine out of 10 drug-related deaths in the state.

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