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Senator Phillips Announces ‘Drug Take Back Act’ Signed Into State Law

Senator Elaine Phillips announced that the “Drug Take Back Act,” which she co-sponsored, was signed into state law. The measure establishes a unified statewide drug take-back program that will reduce medication misuse, and save government and taxpayer money. The bill will also protect the state’s water supplies by preventing drugs from being improperly disposed of by flushing or other means that result in contamination of water bodies and negatively impact aquatic life.

 

“Families on Long Island, and across New York State, are struggling with the devastation and heartbreak caused by our heroin and opioid crisis,” Senator Phillips said. “This measure not only helps prevent dangerous prescription medications from being abused, but provides another tool in the collaborative fight to end this epidemic. Increasing proper disposal methods will also protect our environment by curbing the amount of medication flushed into our sole-source of drinking water. I am proud to be a co-sponsor and am pleased the measure is now state law.”

 

Senator Phillips has hosted numerous “Shed the Meds” programs throughout the 7th Senate District and has collected and properly disposed of over 800 pounds of unwanted drugs.

 

Last year, Governor Cuomo vetoed a bill S.6750 that would have helped expand existing drug take-back efforts, stop more opioids from getting into the hands of abusers, and prevent the contamination of the environment. In response, the Senate Majority successfully led the effort this year to create a unified, statewide drug take-back program that saves taxpayers the money spent on programs currently operated by law enforcement agencies and public officials, and helps reduce medication misuse and improper disposal.

 

The Drug Take Back Act will help give manufacturers of pharmaceutical products responsibility for costs of the take-back program, with focal points being public education and awareness, as well as drug collection, transport, and destruction. Under this new law, chain and mail-order pharmacies will be required to provide consumers with collection options, including drop boxes and prepaid mail-back envelopes. The measure will also ensure rural, urban, and other underserved communities have access to ongoing collection services so that all persons have reasonable access to locations to dispose of their drugs and prevent over-saturation in higher populated areas.

 

The new law is critical to the state’s ongoing efforts to reduce drug abuse because one of the most common ways for opioid addictions to start is when individuals have access to leftover prescriptions, whether it be theirs, a friend’s, a relative’s, or someone else’s. By increasing New Yorkers’ opportunities to properly dispose of unused drugs, the potential for abuse and addiction is decreased. In addition, proper disposal helps protect the state’s water supplies because fewer people would improperly dispose of drugs by flushing them down a toilet or using other means that result in water contamination. Last year, the Senate led the way in securing a historic $2.5 billion investment to improve and protect water resources, and keeping drugs out of water supplies is another important and necessary step.

 

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Senator Phillips Announces Passage of New York Senate’s ‘Drug Take Back Act’

Bill Creates a New Statewide Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program to Hold Pharmaceutical Companies – Not Taxpayers – Accountable for Proper Drug Disposal

 

Senator Elaine Phillips announced that the New York State Senate passed the “Drug Take Back Act,” which she co-sponsored, that helps prevent opioids or other unused prescriptions from being abused and protects water supplies from improper disposal.

 

“Families on Long Island, and across New York State, are struggling with the devastation and heartbreak caused by our heroin and opioid crisis,” Senator Phillips said. “This measure not only helps prevent dangerous prescription medications from being abused, but provides another tool in the collaborative fight to end this epidemic. Increasing proper disposal methods will also protect our environment by curbing the amount of medication flushed into our sole-source of drinking water. I am proud to be a co-sponsor and I applaud my colleagues for passing this measure.”

 

The bill, S7354, would provide significantly more opportunities for New Yorkers to ensure the safe disposal of unused drugs by establishing a new statewide pharmaceutical drug take-back program.

 

Last year, Governor Cuomo vetoed a bill (S6750) that would have helped expand existing drug take-back efforts, stop more opioids from getting into the hands of abusers, and prevent the contamination of the environment. This new bill was introduced to create a unified, statewide drug take-back program that saves taxpayer money spent on programs currently operated by law enforcement agencies and public officials and helps reduce medication misuse and improper disposal.

 

The Drug Take Back Act holds pharmaceutical manufacturers responsible for all costs of the take-back program, ranging from public education and awareness to drug collection, transport, and destruction. The Act further requires chain pharmacies and mail-order pharmacies to provide consumers with collection options including drop boxes and prepaid mail-back envelopes.

 

Opioid addictions are known to start when individuals access leftover prescriptions found at home in medicine cabinets. By giving New Yorkers more opportunities to find ways to properly dispose of unused drugs, the potential for abuse and addiction is decreased. In addition, proper disposal helps protect the state’s water supplies because fewer people would improperly dispose of drugs by flushing them down a toilet or using other means that result in water contamination and negative impacts to aquatic life. Last year, New York made a historic $2.5 billion investment in improving and protecting water resources, and keeping drugs out of water supplies is another important and necessary step. This measure was also included in the Senate’s one-house budget proposal passed earlier this year.

 

The Senate today passed another bill, S6673, which Senator Phillips co-sponsored, that requires the state Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation to create, maintain, and regularly update a statewide web-based listing of prescription drug disposal sites, events, and other disposal options for consumers. The site would be searchable by zip code so New Yorkers can find a site closest to them when they need to get rid of prescriptions or other drugs in their homes.

 

“Creating a searchable database for disposal sites and events ensures New Yorkers have the resources to dispose of unused medications,” Senator Phillips said. “The option to properly dispose of drugs should be readily available to all New Yorkers – and this measure does just that.”

 

The bills were sent to the Assembly.

 

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Senator Phillips Co-Sponsors Bill to Establish Statewide Drug Takeback Program

Senator Elaine Phillips recently announced that she is co-sponsoring legislation that will establish a statewide take-back program for the safe disposal of drugs.

 

“Pharmaceutical companies are making big profits off products that potentially impact our state two-fold, first by adding to our state’s growing drug and heroin epidemic and secondly, threatening our already fragile water supply,” Senator Elaine Phillips said. “I am proud to sponsor this measure that will hold companies accountable in preventing misuse of the products they produce.”

 

The bill (S.7354), also known as the Drug Take Back Act, would establish an industry-funded, statewide pharmaceutical drug take-back program.

 

“Countless families continue to be destroyed with the growing opioid epidemic,” Senator Phillips said. “It has been well documented that the first supply of opioids is often leftover medication a family member did not use. To cut off the supply, we must provide the option of a take-back program making the disposal of these drugs more prominent and accessible.”

 

This measure will also help protect Long Island’s fragile water supplies by preventing people from disposing of drugs down drains and directly into valuable water sources.

 

Senator Phillips also reminded residents they do not need to wait for legislation to pass to be pro-active about safely disposing of unused medications.

 

Many local police precincts have secure drop boxes where you can safely dispose of old medications. The Nassau County Police stations in Williston Park, Manhasset and Elmont each have disposal boxes where you can drop off medications 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Village police departments in Port Washington, Old Westbury and Floral Park also collect unwanted drugs for safe disposal.

 

Starting in April, Senator Phillips also announced to residents that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be instituting a temporary $2 million Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program. Under the program, DEC will purchase medication collection boxes and pay for the disposal of waste pharmaceuticals collected by participating facilities for a two-year period.

 

For more information on the program, including drop office locations planned near you, visit www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/67720.html.

 

Senator Phillips also plans to continue hosting her “Shed the Meds” events later this year. Last April, in partnership in partnership with the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA) and the Nassau County Police Department, over 200 residents came to her “Shed the Meds” event and safely disposed of thousands of pain pills, antibiotics and other types of medications, all of which were taken by the police for safe disposal.

 

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Senators Hannon, O’Mara Introduce ‘Drug Take Back Act’ to Prevent Opioid Abuse, Protect Water Supplies

New Measure Holds Drug Manufacturers Responsible for the Proper Disposal and Collection of Their Products

 

Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) and Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today announced the introduction of legislation to enact the “Drug Take Back Act”. The measure (S7354) helps combat the abuse of prescription drugs and prevents unused drugs from contaminating water supplies by establishing a statewide pharmaceutical drug take back program for their safe disposal.

 

Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Health Committee, “New York, like the rest of the nation, continues to struggle with the opioid addiction crisis. Despite our best efforts to stem the tide of opioid related deaths, the number of deaths continue to rise. Due to the fact that some drug addictions are first supplied by leftover medication a family member or friend did not use, cutting off that supply is essential.”

 

Senator O’Mara, Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, said, “It’s incredibly important to do anything and everything we can to complement and support the efforts of local law enforcement and other community leaders to combat prescription drug abuse. These efforts include National Prescription Drug Take Back Days and other initiatives like this one to facilitate the collection, and safe and responsible disposal of unused medications. This proposal to greatly expand the number of permanent, locally based drop-off locations would be a very positive, cost-effective addition to the state’s ongoing, overall strategy to protect our communities and local environments.”

 

The legislation would create a unified, statewide drug take back program that will save government and taxpayer money and reduce medication misuse. In addition, the program would protect New York State’s water supplies by preventing drugs from being improperly disposed of by flushing or other means that result in contamination of water bodies and negatively impact aquatic life. Last year, New York made a historic investment in improving and protecting our water and keeping drugs out of water supplies is another important and necessary step.

 

The bill makes pharmaceutical manufacturers responsible for all costs of the take back program, ranging from public education and awareness to collection, transport, and destruction. The Act further requires chain pharmacies and mail-order pharmacies to provide consumers with on-site collection, prepaid mail-back envelopes, or other DEA-approved methods to encourage safe drug disposal.

 

“This legislation will hold manufacturers rather than consumers financially responsible for safely managing the disposal of their products,” stated Senator Hannon. “With chain pharmacies providing for collection, we will be able to reach more consumers, ensuring a successful program.”

 

The legislation is currently on the agenda for this week’s scheduled Senate Health Committee meeting.

 

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