"As the former sheriff of Blackford County, I have unfortunately seen the abuse that can take place with prescription drugs and the liability they have in people's homes," said Rep. Mahan. "This legislation is necessary to give pharmacies more control in dealing with discarded prescriptions."
The bill would allow pharmacies to participate in a disposal program to accept unused prescription medications, including controlled substances such as prescription painkillers.
There are no mandates on pharmacies to participate in the program, but the bill would give guidelines on how to operate a program if the pharmacy chooses to participate.
"Program participation is at the discretion of the pharmacy, but the more disposal sites that are available, the lesser chance there is of the unused drugs just sitting in someone's medicine cabinet," said Rep. Mahan.
Unused medication is one of the most commonly abused substances in Indiana. According to the Indiana Board of Pharmacy, the state also ranks above the national average in prescription drug abuse by teenagers and young adults.
The legislation will soon be heard in the Senate for further discussion. If passed into law, it will go into effect in July 2011.
To view up-to-date information regarding this legislation and others, visit www.in.gov/legislative.