The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to meet on October 17 to consider House Bill 1737 (Maher-R-Allegheny) further providing for the safe destruction of unwanted or unused prescription and other drugs (House Fiscal Note and summary).
The bill is supported by a variety of groups, including DEP’s Environmental Justice Advisory Board which 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.
As it happens, October 22 is DEA’s National Drug Take-Back Day. Click Here to learn more about collection events in Pennsylvania.
The meeting will be held in the Rules Room and will be called off the Floor.Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) serves as Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Committee and can be contacted by sending email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by sending email to: email@example.com.
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