Federal legislation seeks to clarify prescription disposal

Hopkins, MN — Representatives from law enforcement and health care will join U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar at 10 a.m. in Hopkins Wednesday, Sept. 1 to celebrate Senate passage of legislation she authored to provide consumers with a safe and responsible way to dispose of unused prescription medication.

The legislation is still pending in the House.

It is estimated that up to 17 percent of prescribed medications go unused, but there is confusion about how to properly and legally dispose of these medication so they do not harm the environment or end up in the wrong hands.  

Safe disposal of medication is a special issue for long-term care facilities, which often accumulate leftover or unused medications from their residents.

The Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act is designed to promote local drug take-back programs and provide options for individuals and long-term care facilities to deliver unused drugs for safe disposal.

WHEN:
10 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 1

WHERE:
Walgreens
540 Blake Road North
Hopkins

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