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relating to drug disposal.





SECTION 1. Chapter 28, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new part to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:


28-A Definitions. As used in this part:

"Drug" means a prescription drug or an over-the-counter drug lawfully possessed by the individual disposing of the drug.

"Environmentally friendly" means a household waste pharmaceutical that, as determined by the attorney general, is rendered non-retrievable and environmentally safe.

"Home drug disposal receptacle" means a receptacle that can be used by an individual to render a small amount of drugs at an individual's residence non-retrievable and environmentally friendly.

"Non-retrievable" has the same meaning as defined in Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations section 1300.05.

"Program" means the statewide drug disposal program established pursuant to section 28-B.

"Repository" means a drug disposal repository as described in subsection 28-B(b).

28-B Statewide drug disposal program; established; administration. (a) There is established a statewide drug disposal program within the department of the attorney general. The attorney general shall, in accordance with the requirements of this part, administer the program to provide for the safe, secure, and environmentally friendly disposal of drugs in the State.

(b) The attorney general shall:

(1) Except as provided in section 28-C, work with law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, hospitals, and other entities authorized by Drug Enforcement Administration rules, to ensure that one or more repositories are present in each county;

(2) Ensure that each repository:

(A) Renders a drug placed in the repository non-retrievable within two hours after placing the drug in the repository;

(B) Renders each non-retrievable drug into an environmentally friendly substance; and

(C) Is secure from unauthorized tampering or removal;

(3) Require that an independent third party verify that:

(A) A repository complies with paragraph (2); and

(B) A home drug disposal receptacle renders a drug non-retrievable and environmentally friendly;

(4) Ensure that the program operates in accordance with Drug Enforcement Administration rules;

(5) Administer the drug disposal special fund established pursuant to section 28-D; and

(6) Publish on the attorney general's website:

(A) A list of the location of each repository in the State; and

(B) If home drug disposal receptacles are used as part of the program, information on how to obtain a home drug disposal receptacle.

28-C Home drug disposal receptacles; preemption. (a) The attorney general may, instead of, or in addition to, establishing a repository in a county, establish a process for residents of the county to easily and inexpensively obtain a home drug disposal receptacle.

(b) A state or county government entity, other than the attorney general, may not:

(1) Regulate the disposal of a substance rendered non-retrievable in a repository or home drug disposal receptacle differently, or more strictly, than disposal of non-hazardous household waste;

(2) Regulate or restrict the location of a repository or distribution of a home drug disposal receptacle; or

(3) Otherwise take action to regulate or interfere with the administration of the program.

(c) This section shall not prohibit the disposal of drugs in a receptacle that does not qualify as a repository if:

(1) The receptacle is located on the premises of an entity described in section 28-B(b)(1); and

(2) The entity described in section 28-B(b)(1) ensures that the drug is rendered non-retrievable in any manner permitted by Drug Enforcement Administration rules.

28-D Drug disposal special fund; established; grants. (a) There is established in the state treasury a drug disposal special fund, into which shall be deposited:

(1) Appropriations by the legislature to the drug disposal special fund;

(2) Grants from the federal government; and

(3) Grants or donations from private individuals and organizations.

(b) The attorney general may award grants from the drug disposal special fund to assist in:

(1) The purchase, operation, or maintenance of a repository in the State; or

(2) The purchase or distribution of home drug disposal receptacles."

SECTION 2. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 to be deposited into the drug disposal special fund.

SECTION 3. There is appropriated out of the drug disposal special fund the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for purposes of awarding grants administered by the department of the attorney general pursuant to this Act.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of the attorney general for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 4. In codifying the new sections added by section 1 of this Act, the revisor of statutes shall substitute appropriate section numbers for the letters used in designating the new sections of this Act.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval; provided that sections 2 and 3 shall take effect on July 1, 2020.








Report Title:

Drug Disposal Program; Attorney General; Drug Disposal Special Fund; Appropriation



Establishes the Drug Disposal Program, administered by the Department of the Attorney General, to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter drugs in a safe, secure, and environmentally friendly manner. Establishes the Drug Disposal Special Fund and appropriates funds.




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