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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"">Wisconsin legislators have proposed a bill, AB444, which would allow hospice staff to transfer controlled substances of deceased persons to drug disposal programs.  Here is
 a link to the bill:<br>
<a href="https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/proposals/ab444">https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/proposals/ab444</a>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"">According to the DEA’s Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances, DEA would allow this practice if state law allowed it. 
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<a href="https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/fed_regs/rules/2014/2014-20926.pdf">https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/fed_regs/rules/2014/2014-20926.pdf</a>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"">See page 53546, in the second to last paragraph, where it states “…a member of the hospice patient's household may dispose of the patient's pharmaceutical controlled substances,
 but the home hospice or home care provider cannot do so <i>unless otherwise authorized by law (for example, under state law)
</i>to dispose of the decedent's personal property” (<i>emphasis added</i>).<br>
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I’m curious.  What other states have adopted laws related to disposal of controlled substances by hospice staff?  If your state has adopted such a law, how does the state help prevent diversion of the controlled substances by hospice staff or by persons posing
 as hospice staff? <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:#984806">Barb Bickford</span><span style="font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:navy"><br>
</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black">Medical Waste Coordinator and Hydrogeologist<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black">Waste and Materials Mgt/Environmental Management Division<br>
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources<br>
101 S. Webster St., PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921<br>
Phone: 608-267-3548<br>
Fax: 608-267-2768<br>
barbara.bickford@wisconsin.gov<br>
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