2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:2H-12.69 - Health care facilities prohibited from discharging prescription medication into public wastewater collection or septic system; exceptions.


NJ Rev Stat § 26:2H-12.69 (2013) What's This?

26:2H-12.69 Health care facilities prohibited from discharging prescription medication into public wastewater collection or septic system; exceptions.

2. a. Except as otherwise provided by subsections b. and c. of this section, every health care facility shall establish and implement a policy, procedure, plan, or practice that prohibits the health care facility and any employee, staff person, contractor, or other person under the direction or supervision of the health care facility from discharging, disposing of, flushing, pouring, or emptying any unused prescription medication into a public wastewater collection system or a septic system.

b.Nothing in this act shall be construed to limit or prohibit a health care facility from lawfully discharging, disposing of, flushing, pouring, or emptying into a public wastewater collection system or a septic system any non-prescription medication or an intravenous solution containing only dextrose, saline, sterile water, or electrolytes, or a combination thereof.

c.Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection a. of this section to the contrary, a health care facility, or any employee, staff person, contractor, or other person under the direction or supervision of the health care facility, may discharge, dispose of, flush, pour, or empty any unused prescription medication into a public wastewater collection system or a septic system if, pursuant to the product insert, product label, product packaging, or prescription:

(1)the dose of prescription medication is to be partially wasted prior to administration of the medication per physician order;

(2)the prescription medication is a controlled substance as defined by federal law, rule or regulation; or

(3)the prescription medication is not deemed hazardous by the United States Environmental Protection Agency or the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention within the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

L.2012, c.62, s.2.


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