Drug take-back plan killed in Maine

Posted March 29, 2010, at 2:21 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill to create a prescription drug take-back program in Maine has been killed.

The bill would have required drug manufacturers to set up and operate programs to collect, transport, manage and dispose of unwanted drugs from residences.

The House approved the measure earlier this month, but the Senate on Friday voted it dead for the session.

The bill came up after minute amounts of discarded drugs were found in water at Maine landfills, confirming suspicions that pharmaceuticals thrown into household trash are ending up in water that drains through waste.

Maine was one of more than a dozen states with bills this year addressing pharmaceutical collection or disposal.

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