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By Eva Loayza | November 19th, 2012 - 1:11pm
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Assembly Democrats News Release

Eustace & Benson Bill Banning Emptying of Unused Prescription Medication into Public Water & Septic Systems Now Law

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Timothy Eustace (D-Bergen) and Daniel Benson (D-Middlesex/Mercer) to protect New Jersey's public water by prohibiting health care institutions from discharging unused prescription medication into sewer or septic systems has been signed into law.

The law (A-733) would prohibit a health care institution, or any employee, staff person, contractor, or other person under the direction or supervision of the health care institution, from discharging, disposing of, flushing, pouring, or emptying any unused prescription medication into a public wastewater collection system or a septic system.

"It is disconcerting that institutions charged with maintaining our health and well-being would engage in such reckless activities that put public safety at risk," said Eustace. "This law will address the growing threat to the environment and human health posed by the improper disposal of unused prescription medications, which has been manifested in recent reports of prescription drugs found in public water supplies and the potential hazards this poses in terms of long-term health consequences."

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