81R25161 CBE-D
  By: Cook H.R. No. 1695
         WHEREAS, It is vital that unused prescription medicine be
  properly disposed of to avoid drug diversion; and
         WHEREAS, The Food and Drug Administration worked with the
  White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to develop the
  first consumer guidelines for proper disposal of prescription
  drugs; the same disposal methods for prescription drugs apply to
  over-the-counter drugs as well; and
         WHEREAS, Issued in 2007, the federal guidelines warn against
  flushing prescription drugs down the toilet unless the drug label
  or patient information specifically says to do so; and
         WHEREAS, If no instructions for the medicine are given, the
  guidelines call for the drugs to be taken out of their original
  containers and mixed with an undesirable substance, such as coffee
  grounds or kitty litter; this way the medication will be less
  appealing to children and pets and unrecognizable through the trash
  bag; and
         WHEREAS, The guidelines go on to recommend putting the
  medicine in a sealable bag, empty can, or other container to prevent
  the medication from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag; in
  addition, it is suggested that all identifying information be
  removed from the container to protect one's identity and personal
  health information; and
         WHEREAS, Disposing of medicine in the household trash is
  preferable to flushing it down the toilet because landfills are
  governed by strict Environmental Protection Agency regulations to
  prevent disposed items from affecting the environment; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 81st Texas
  Legislature hereby encourage all Texans to properly dispose of
  prescription and over-the-counter drugs.