[Pharmwaste] VT law includes take back

Volkman, Jennifer (MPCA) jennifer.volkman at state.mn.us
Tue Aug 9 15:56:04 EDT 2016


Thanks Ed,
I think this document is a better link:
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/ACTS/ACT173/ACT173%20As%20Enacted.pdf

Page 15 talks about the fee, which is retroactive to January 1, then it picks up again on page 22 about collection/disposal. The fee will be used for several purposes, it is good to see it will be used for education and for studies of alternatives to opioids for pain management.
Pages 24, position at Health
Page 25, appropriations
Page 27 effective dates

Interesting hammer on page 16:
(d) The Department shall maintain on its website a list of the manufacturers who have failed to provide timely payment as required under this section.
A lot of PS legislation states that manufacturers won't be allowed to sell their product within the state if they fail to pay fees. A complete sales ban is also an interesting hammer, in that implementing a sales ban would be, well, I can't imagine how much work that would take. So, I like the public shaming, especially if it leads to something, like a strengthening of the original wording. Since the fee covers many of the other works that are critical to reducing abuse, not just managing the waste, it would be tough for a manufacturer to argue against paying their fair share.

From: Pharmwaste [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Ed Gottlieb
Sent: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 1:31 PM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: [Pharmwaste] VT law includes take back

On June 8th, the governor of Vermont signed into law an act relating to combating opioid abuse in Vermont.
S 243 establishes a statewide drug take-back program, funded by the State.  Others report this to be a state run program funded by manufactures (EPR).  The wording I found has no mention of funding other than State money.
http://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2016/S.243

Excerpts related to take back:


4224. UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISPOSAL PROGRAM
The Department of Health shall establish and maintain a statewide unused prescription drug disposal program to provide for the safe disposal of Vermont residents' unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The program may include establishing secure collection and disposal sites and providing medication envelopes for sending unused prescription drugs to an authorized collection facility for destruction.

(b) The sum of $625,000.00 is appropriated from the Evidence-Based Education and Advertising Fund to the Department of Health in fiscal year 2017 for the purpose of funding statewide unused prescription drug disposal initiatives, of which $100,000.00 shall be used for a secure prescription drug collection and disposal program and the program manager established by Sec.16 of this act, $50,000.00 shall be used for unused medication envelopes for a mail-back program, $225,000.00 shall be used for a public information campaign on the safe disposal of controlled substances, and $250,000.00 shall be used for a public information campaign on the responsible use of prescription drugs.

Sec. 16. HEALTH DEPARTMENT; POSITION
One new permanent classified position-a substance abuse program manager-is authorized in the Department of Health in order to coordinate a secure prescription drug collection and disposal program as part of the unused prescription drug disposal program established pursuant to Sec. 14a of this act. The position shall be transferred and converted from an existing vacant position in the Executive Branch of State government.

(b) The sum of $625,000.00 is appropriated from the Evidence-Based Education and Advertising Fund to the Department of Health in fiscal year 2017 for the purpose of funding statewide unused prescription drug disposal initiatives, of which $100,000.00 shall be used for a secure prescription drug collection and disposal program and the program manager established by Sec. 16 of this act, $50,000.00 shall be used for unused medication envelopes for a mail-back program, $225,000.00 shall be used for a public information campaign on the safe disposal of controlled substances, and $250,000.00 shall be used for a public information campaign on the responsible use of prescription drugs.

Ed Gottlieb
Chair, Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal
Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator
Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility
525 3rd Street
Ithaca, NY  14850
(607) 273-8381
fax: (607) 273-8433
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