A law just signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo would allow pharmacies to dispose of unused prescription pills.
Under current federal rules, only law-enforcement agencies can take unused controlled substances. In 2012, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency proposed regulations that would expand the options for disposal sites. The new state law directs the state Department of Health to include pharmacies as disposal sites, if they wish to take part, and develop regulations for the anticipated change in federal rules, said Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, D, I, WF-Forestburgh, the bill’s Assembly sponsor.
“This legislation is a proactive step to getting unused prescription drugs out of the home and away from people who would sell or abuse them,” she said.