Buy-back for unused prescription drugs?
Updated: Wednesday, December 11 2013, 07:08 AM EST
Rochester, N.Y. - If you have tooth surgery, you may get a prescription for pain reliever and use it for two or three days. Yet a typical prescription is 20 to 50 pills.
Those unused pills contribute to prescription abuse particularly among teenagers. “They think mom and dad got them from a pharmacist and they must be okay, then they become addicted,” said US Senator Chuck Schumer.
He is proposing a new plan to make it easier to dispose of the unused drugs and maybe even give people a rebate on them.
New York State already allows parents to dispose of unused drugs at pharmacies, where they are destroyed. However that law is blocked by federal regulations. Schumer- (D) New York- wants the regulations changed.
He also is seeking a new law that would allow for drug buy backs. “We buy back guns, police departments do and it’s successful,” he said.
Schumer says because of the high cost of some prescription drugs people might be more willing to turn over the excess if they can get back some of what they paid. A pool of $20 – 30 million dollars would come from seizures of illegal drug operations.
“We get millions in forfeitures and we can use a little bit of it for buybacks. A lot of people may not want to give them back but if we give them a stipend they will do it,” he said.