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Outside Section 159
Data Current as of:  8/19/2015

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Task Force for Drug Disposal Program

SECTION 159.   There shall be a task force to study the feasibility of a state or privately-operated prescription drug disposal program. Said program shall be relative to the collection and safe disposal of federally scheduled prescription medications. The task force shall review any state or federal regulations related to safe disposal of scheduled medications, including those relative to take-back events, mail-back programs or collection receptacles. The task force shall investigate alternative options for scheduled prescription drug collection and safe disposal, including, but not limited to, community-run or law-enforcement-run programs in New England states and drug stewardship programs in Alameda County, California and Kings County, Washington. The task force shall submit a report of its findings to clerks of the house of representatives and senate who shall forward the same to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on public health and the joint committee on mental health and substance abuse on or before October 13, 2015.

The task force shall be comprised of the following members: the commissioner of public health or a designee; the commissioner of public safety or a designee; the attorney general or a designee; the executive director of the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association, Inc. or a designee; the commissioner of environmental protection or a designee; and the president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Inc. or a designee.

Veto Explanation:
I am vetoing this section because under separate legislation filed today, I have proposed to create a Massachusetts Council on Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment whose work will include providing recommendations on methods and programs to increase the collection and safe disposal of federally scheduled prescription medications.