State Rep. Kevin Mahan's (R-Hartford City) legislation to make it easier for Hoosiers to safely discard their unneeded or expired prescription drugs passed out of the Senate today with an unanimous vote.
"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. I am glad to see the Senate move the legislation forward."
House Bill 1121 would allow pharmacies to participate in a disposal program to accept unused prescription medications, including controlled substances such as prescription painkillers.
"Prescription drugs are one of the most commonly abused substances-second to alcohol abuse-so the idea of not taking action has come and gone. In addition to lowering the amount of drug abuse, we will also help keep our local waters clean with less people flushing their expired prescriptions."
While serving as sheriff of Blackford County, Rep. Mahan organized a program for proper prescription disposal, which resulted in eight full 55-gallon barrels of prescriptions ready for proper disposal.
Since House Bill 1121 was amended in the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services before its passage, it will be returning to the House for a concurrence.
If signed into law, it will go into effect on July 1, 2011.