LETTER Angelini Calls for Assembly Vote On Prescription Drug Disposal Bill

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, R-Monmouth, is calling for the General Assembly to vote on bipartisan measure (A-709), which requires pharmacies and physicians to instruct patients on how to safely dispose of unused prescribed controlled dangerous substances.

In a letter (attached) to Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Angelini said that taking action to provide the public with information on proper disposal methods of drugs such as Percocet and Oxycotin is a vital component to addressing New Jersey’s heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis.

“This bill is an important part of the 21-bill package to address our state’s opiate crisis,” said Angelini. “It’s critical that we inform the public about safe disposal methods so we can help thwart the danger of accidental overdose by children and the danger improper disposal methods pose to humans, animals, and the environment as a whole.”

Angelini, who works in the substance abuse treatment and prevention field, has sponsored a number of bills aimed at curbing drug abuse, including a measure that would improve the state’s prescription drug monitoring program. In addition, she sponsored legislation that would increase the penalties for distribution of heroin and has hosted drug abuse forums featuring experts from the substance abuse field and the medical community, as well as families who have been affected by drug abuse.

“As a member of the Legislature, I have been advocating for bills that will help address our state’s substance abuse crisis,” explained Angelini. “I am hopeful that the Assembly Speaker and Legislature will agree that addressing the safe disposal of prescription drugs is an important piece of the puzzle in protecting those we can from the danger of opiate abuse.”