Source: NJ 101.5 -
Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, pharmacies and prescribers will be required to give patients a Division of Consumer Affairs notice with available drug take-back programs and suggestions for the safe disposal of unused drugs.
Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill (A-709) into law in June and it officially takes effect on the first day of the New Year.
“We’re at the epicenter of heroin addiction and many, many times we hear young adults have started on prescription medication so one of the areas that we’re really trying to educate people on is the fact that they need to dispose effectively their unused medications,” said bill co-sponsor, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Ocean).
Prescription drugs can be very expensive Angelini explained, and often when someone gets hooked on them, but can’t afford them, they turn to heroin.
“Many times teenagers will go into someone’s medicine cabinet and take out a pill here, a pill there and the person who it was prescribed for unknowingly, unwittingly is a part of this,” Angelini said.
Under the law, pharmacies, doctors and advanced practice nurses must also make patients aware of the “Project Medicine Drop” program. The program provides for secure collection and safe disposal of unused and expired prescription drugs and household medications.