Laws Create Prescription Drugs Disposal Programs

Nick Gale

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (IRN) — Two new laws aim to keep pharmaceuticals out of the hands of kids and out of the environment.

The first law, sponsored by State Rep. JoAnn Osmond (R-Antioch), creates a pharmaceutical collection and disposal program to ensure safe disposal of excess prescription medication. The legislation began as an initiative of students from Pontiac and Antioch High Schools, both of which have been active in efforts to collect and properly dispose of unused pharmaceuticals.

The program is designed as a collaborative effort between communities, local pharmacies, police departments, hospitals, city officials and students to educate the public about the misuse and abuse of pharmaceuticals, as well as their impact on the environment.

A second bill signed into law allows additional locations for pharmaceuticals to be dropped off at and disposed of properly, such as a police station or local pharmacy.

The laws go into effect Jan. 1, 2012.

Copyright Illinois Radio Network

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