The bi-partisan legislation requires that pharmacists provide written and oral information on medication disposal, as well as a safe disposal method, for all controlled substances.
Governor Phil Murphy signed the bill after more than two years of legislative effort.
“New Jersey legislators and the governor have taken a huge step forward in battling the opioid public health crisis across their communities,” said William Simpson, DisposeRx president. “In anticipation of this milestone, our pharmacies and their pharmacists have DisposeRx packets in their inventories and are prepared to respond immediately. Education for pharmacists and technicians, and most importantly patients, is required for these efforts to gain traction. We’ll continue to support these stakeholders with our integrated and consultative program as these new regulations are implemented.”
The legislation, which was first introduced in 2018, honors Charlie Van Tassel who lost his battle to addiction at 33 years old in 2017.
“DisposeRx has engaged with and invested in pharmacies, health plans, hospitals and legislators over the past three years to help them understand the risks associated with unused medications in the home and the need for behavior change,” said Ben Donaldson, DisposeRx senior vice president for Legislative Affairs. “There is no doubt that this legislation will encourage and facilitate medication disposal behavior change so that disposal is an active decision rather than an afterthought.”