Colorado

Jan 21, 2010 3:48 PM by Associated Press

Colorado lawmaker wants to send unused medicine to Haiti

A state lawmaker wants to send unused medications to Haiti.

Sen. Lois Tochtrop said Thursday that the bill would help overwhelmed medical clinics in Haiti but would also help keep medications out of the state's water supply.

Her proposal would make it easier for nursing homes and hospitals to donate discarded medication by no longer requiring that patients or their next of kin sign off on it first. Without that permission, facilities must destroy medication.

Facilities would either be able to redispense the drugs to other patients or donate them to a nonprofit group such as Project CURE or Doctors Without Borders.

The draft legislation doesn't mandate that the drugs be sent to Haiti but says that's the intent of lawmakers.

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