[Pharmwaste] New York legislation and guidance re disposal of unused drugs

Scott Stoner sxstoner at gw.dec.state.ny.us
Wed Feb 3 08:37:45 EST 2010

Some questions were raised about legislation regarding flushing of unused pharmaceuticals in New York State.  NYS does not currently have legislation that specifically prohibits the disposal of unused pharmaceuticals by flushing.  However, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)  strongly advises households that no drugs be flushed (www.dontflushyourdrugs.net ( http://www.dontflushyourdrugs.net/ )).  Recent legislation has amended the NYS Environmental Conservation Law sections  27-2701 and 27-2703 to require pharmacies and other retail establishments to post notices regarding the proper disposal of unused medications.  
- Scott J. Stoner, Chair, New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation Pharmaceutical Work Group
Scott J. Stoner, M.S.
Chief, Standards and Analytical Support Section
Bureau of Water Assessment and Management
Division of Water
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY  12233-3502

phone: 518-402-8193
fax 518-402-9029
email: sxstoner at gw.dec.state.ny.us
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