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{Past Event} - Sharing Call: DEA Disposal Regulations

November 17, 2015 - 2:00 pm - November 17, 2015 - 3:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


The regulations implementing the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act became effective in October, 2014. The regulations require controlled substances inventory be disposed of in specific ways. Pharmaceutical wastage is not considered inventory. 

Learning Objectives

  • Explain disposal regulations.
  • Define controlled substance inventory.
  • Define pharmaceutical wastage.
  • Define non-retrievable.


Ruth Carter, Chief, Drug Enforcement Administration

Section Chief (SC) Ruth A. Carter has been employed by the Drug Enforcement Administration's Office of Diversion Control since August 1988. Throughout her career, SC Carter has been assigned to the following Offices: Oklahoma City, OK, Riverside, CA, Las Vegas, NV, DEA HQ, and Seattle, WA. SC Carter was promoted to a supervisory diversion investigator in 1999 while stationed in the Las Vegas District Office.

SC Carter has been assigned to DEA Headquarters two times. During her first tour, she was a Staff Coordinator. Since being assigned to DEA Headquarters in November 2012, SC Carter has been the Chief of the Import Export Unit, Chief for the Regulatory Drafting Section, and she currently is the Chief of the Liaison and Policy Section.

SC Carter earned a BS from Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts and an MBA from Oklahoma City University. After graduation, SC Carter was employed by a pharmaceutical firm for three years until being hired by DEA.

SC Carter is a YMCA SCUBA Instructor and practices martial arts.

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