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Benson, Sumter & Lagana Bill to Ensure Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs Signed into Law

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson, Shavonda Sumter and Joseph Lagana to help curb New Jersey’s heroin and opioid crisis is now law.
The law (A-709) requires pharmacies and prescribers to supply patients with a Division of Consumer Affairs notice publicizing available drug take-back programs and giving suggestions for the safe disposal of drugs with each controlled dangerous substance dispensed.
The sponsors highlighted the focus on creating awareness, which they believe is a fundamental part of preventing fatal interactions with prescription medication.
“With its emphasis on educating the public, this is critical in our effort to prevent overdoses and save lives,” said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “This will help prevent drugs from getting into the wrong hands and, hopefully, eliminate the scourge that is prescription drug abuse in New Jersey.”
“The more people understand the dangers of prescription drugs, the more attentive they will be about how they dispose of them,” said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). “This law acknowledges the fact that stopping prescription drug abuse has to be a community effort.”
“Prescription drug abuse kills more people each day than heroin and cocaine overdoses combined in America,” said Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic). “Unfortunately, addiction to these drugs can have its origin not on the street corner, but in the medicine cabinet. By giving clear directions on how to properly dispose of these drugs, we can help stop problems before they begin.”