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Policy and Legislation


NSAC is tracking the legislation listed below, but has not yet taken a position.  Once positions are taken, it will be noted.


Federal EPR Legislation


S. 524 (Whitehouse) – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 – SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT 7/22/16

Authorizes the Attorney General and Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to address the  prescription opioid abuse and heroin use crisis, and for other purposes. CARA would invest $103 million each year from 2017 through 2021 for the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Grant Program.

 

 

EPR Legislation by State


California – 2017 State Legislation:

AB 1158, Assemblymember Chu (D-San Jose) Carpet Recycling  – NSAC Sponsored

This bill would create an advisory committee in the department to make recommendations to manufacturers and carpet stewardship organizations on carpet stewardship plans. The bill would require a carpet stewardship plan to include a process by which the manufacturer or carpet stewardship organization receives and subsequently responds, in writing, to plan recommendations from the advisory committee. AB 1158 was heard in the Assembly of Natural Resources Committee on Monday, April 3, 2017 and passed with a 9-0 vote. On Wednesday, April 24, AB 1159 passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee with a 16-0 vote and is expected to be heard on the Assembly Floor by June 2, 2017.

 

 

California – Local Ordinances: 

Please visit NSAC’s Campaigns page for information about Los Angeles County’s proposed pharmaceutical and sharps EPR ordinance.

Also visit NSAC’s affiliate, the California Product Stewardship Council’s (CPSC) website for more information on California local ordinances.

 

Illinois – Local Ordinances:

Cook County, Illinois Pharmaceutical Safe Disposal Ordinance – PASSED 10/28/16

There are currently not enough sites for proper disposal of pharmaceuticals in Cook County, which leads to unsafe disposal methods, or the stockpiling of dangerous drugs in medicine cabinets. To combat misuse of unused medication and to ensure safe drinking water, all Cook County residents must have access to safe, permanent, and free pharmaceutical drop off sites.

On 3/2/16 the Board of Commissioners of Cook County adopted a motion to refer this Ordinance to the Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee with a 14-0 vote, with three Commissioners absent.  The Ordinance was unanimously approved by the Committee on 10/26/16. Producer Registration opened 1/23/17.

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New York – Local Ordinaces

County of Rockland, New York Pharmacy Take Back Act – PASSED 3/08/17

There is over $1 billion worth of left over drugs thrown away, flushed, or stored in cabinets every year. In order to reduce drug abuse and enhance water quality, Rockland County now provides free access to safe drug take-back locations to residents.

Introduced by Legislator Lon M. Hofstein on 2/17/2017, the Pharmacy Take Back Act passed with a 15-0 vote. Though the product stewardship plans were set to be due April 1, there has been an extension for these plans to be submitted in June.

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Washington – Local Ordinances:

King County, Washington

On June 20, 2013 the King County Board of Health in Washington passed the Secure Medication Return Rule & Regulation to create a drug take-back program for King County residents. The program promotes the safe disposal of unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and will be funded and operated by the drug manufacturers. On November 27, 2013 four groups of major drug manufacturers sued the County. The suit was dismissed following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5/26/2015 decision not to hear industry’s legal challenge to the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance.

Status – On October 16, 2015, King County approved the Return Meds LLC stewardship plan and rejected the King County MED-Project LLC stewardship plan. The MED-Project submitted a revised proposed stewardship plan for review in accordance with the December 14, 2015 deadline; King County will review the plan and approve or reject by March 12, 2016. The compliance deadline for the approved stewardship plan to be fully implemented is no later than April 13, 2016.