The Senate and House Wednesday unanimously took final action on legislation— House Bill 1737 (Maher-R- Allegheny)— to make it easier and safer to destroy unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs, sending it to Gov. Wolf for his action.
The bill is sponsored by Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny), Majority Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.
The bill was supported by a variety of groups, including DEP’s Environmental Justice Advisory Committee and Covanta Energy who highlighted the importance of providing safe disposal of unwanted or unneeded prescription and other drugs.
Covanta Energy, which supplies safe and secure disposal of prescription drugs through its Rx4 Safety Program, also supports the legislation. Covanta operates five energy-from-waste facilities in Pennsylvania, including in Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery and York counties.
In Gov. Wolf’s address to a joint session of the House and Senate on the opioid and heroin crisis, he noted there are nearly 520 take-back boxes located at police stations across Pennsylvania, and we have collected and destroyed over 145,000 pounds of prescription drugs, including opioids.
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-- PA State Police; andA House Fiscal Note and summary is available.