To prevent prescription medications from falling into wrong hands, the Commonwealth enacted a drug diversion program to collect and dispose of unused prescription pills properly. Despite recent reports revealing the success of this effort, an existing sunset clause would cause the program to end soon. This legislation repeals the sunset clause to ensure continuation of the program.
This legislation would also guarantee funding for drug diversion while continuing to hold accountable the individuals who profited from the opioid epidemic. The program is currently funded by drug manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma, as a result of the Commonwealth’s lawsuit against them for their role in creating the opioid epidemic. This legislation would ensure these drug manufacturers fund the program in perpetuity.