Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today introduced legislation that seeks to reduce prescription drug abuse. The Safe Prescription Drug Disposal and Education Act (H.R. 5925) would provide grants to communities to install prescription drug drop-boxes, and would also provide grants to communities for classes on the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The contents of the prescription drug drop-boxes would be disposed of in an environmentally safe way by waste or hazardous management companies, thereby preventing these medications from polluting our water. This legislation is supported by the NH Association of Chiefs of Police, the NH Department of Environmental Services, and national anti-drug coalitions.
"New Hampshire has seen a 200 percent rise in prescription drug abuse over the last ten years. It is a public health and safety issue," said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. "My bill will help address these problems. It will also prevent the improper disposal of prescription drugs, which pollute our water and harm our environment."
The Safe Prescription Drug Disposal and Education Act would provide grants to communities to install prescription drug drop-boxes. The purpose of these drop-boxes is for disposal of unwanted prescription drugs, allowing people to get these drugs out of their homes and out of the reach of children. In addition, this bill would provide grants to communities for classes on prescription drug abuse. Classes would be for children and parents, educating them on the dangers of prescription drug abuse and how to prevent it. Congresswoman Shea-Porter is vice co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus.