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EPA Aging Listserve: Safe Disposal of Medications Legislation Moves in Congress
August 9, 2010, 2:06 pm
Filed under: News

The House and Senate committees of jurisdiction for safe disposal of medication have taken the first steps to amend federal law to address the barriers to safe disposal of unused medications and controlled substances. On July 28th, the House passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee by voice vote, the Safe Drug Disposal Act of 2010, see http://energycommerce.house.gov/documents/20100722/HR5809_AINS.pdf . This bi-partisan bill allows local communities to create safe drug disposal programs providing consumers with a safe way to dispose of unneeded pharmaceuticals, including controlled substances. H.R. 5809 can be taken up by the full House.

One day later, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee also passed by voice vote an amended S. 3397, The Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act. This bi-partisan also has the support of 41 state attorney generals. See original text of the bill at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:S.+3397: and the amendment that was adopted at http://judiciary.senate.gov/legislation/upload/JEN10791-Klobuchar-Mgrs-Am.pdf

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