Opioids Legislation Includes Takeback Programming

By: Stericycle

The Senate passed comprehensive opioids legislation with bipartisan support on Oct. 3, sending it to the White House. The legislation packages dozens of smaller proposals sponsored by hundreds of lawmakers, including a bill that would provide grants to incentivize medication takeback programming in up to five states.

This takeback portion of the final legislation – authored by Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa – is designed to increase participation in federal prescription drug takeback programming that help combat prescription drug abuse and the growing opioid epidemic. It also addresses the cost of participation by creating a demonstration program, allowing five states to apply for grant funding from the Department of Justice.

The selected states will then issue a report detailing how the grant funding was administered, which entities received funding and how it impacted participation rates. Those reports will provide additional insight into how best to improve the program and increase participation nationwide.

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