Implements a drug disposal demonstration program.
Ayes (14): Grisanti, Johnson, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, O'Mara, Young, Avella, Espaillat, Oppenheimer, Perkins, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to implementing a demonstration drug disposal program; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to encourage proper disposal of drugs.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would require the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC):
* in consultation with the State Police, to establish a one-year demonstration drug disposal program in at least three publicly-available State Police facilities located in urban, suburban and rural areas;
* to maintain on its website a list of State Police facilities participating in such demonstration drug disposal program, any information regarding drug disposal procedures for such facilities as well as any existing information concerning drug disposal; and
* at the close of the demonstration program, prepare a report detailing:
o the quantities of drugs collected; o the effectiveness of each facility location; o information detailing the acceptance methods made available; and o recommendations for any legislative action.
JUSTIFICATION:; Expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical drugs require proper disposal in order to prevent accidental ingestion and/or unintended environmental harm. An extensive water analysis conducted by the United States Geological Survey detected at-least one contaminant in approximately 96 percent of the water samples taken from 74 water sources in 25 states and Puerto Rico. Although drug take back days are taking place in some communities,- a more coordinated effort is required to help prevent continued contamination. This legislation would establish a demonstration drug disposal program in representative rural, suburban and urban areas of the State in order to provide data that could be used to determine the most effective methods of disposal.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2014.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6857 IN SENATE March 30, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to implementing a demonstration drug disposal program; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Title 27 of article 27 of the environmental conservation law, as added by chapter 625 of the laws of 2008, is amended by adding a new section 27-2705 to read as follows: S 27-2705. DEMONSTRATION DRUG DISPOSAL PROGRAM. 1. THE DEPARTMENT, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DIVISION OF THE STATE POLICE, SHALL NO LATER THAN JUNE FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, ESTAB- LISH, OR ENTER INTO CONTRACTS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF, A DEMONSTRATION DRUG DISPOSAL PROGRAM TO DETERMINE THE MOST EFFECTIVE METHOD FOR THE DISPOSAL OF DRUGS. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL INCLUDE THE CREATION OF NO LESS THAN THREE DEMONSTRATION DRUG DISPOSAL SITES TO BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AND LOCATED IN STATE POLICE FACILITIES. THE STATE POLICE FACILI- TIES TO BE USED FOR THE DEMONSTRATION DRUG DISPOSAL PROGRAM SHALL BE LOCATED IN AREAS THAT ARE GEOGRAPHICALLY DIVERSE AND REPRESENTATIVE OF RURAL, SUBURBAN AND URBAN AREAS. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL BE IN PLACE FOR ONE YEAR. 2. IN ADDITION TO ANY EXISTING INFORMATION CONCERNING DRUG DISPOSAL, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL MAINTAIN A LIST OF STATE POLICE FACILITIES PARTIC- IPATING IN THE DEMONSTRATION DRUG DISPOSAL PROGRAM AS WELL AS ANY INFOR- MATION REGARDING DRUG DISPOSAL PROCEDURES FOR SUCH FACILITIES ON ITS WEBSITE. 3. AT THE CLOSE OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PREPARE A REPORT DETAILING: THE QUANTITIES OF DRUGS COLLECTED; THE EFFECTIVENESS OF EACH FACILITY LOCATION; INFORMATION DETAILING THE ACCEPTANCE METHODS MADE AVAILABLE AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ANY LEGISLA- TIVE ACTION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2014.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14856-01-2