Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law. Requires the Department of Public Health, in cooperation with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, to create guidelines for the proper disposal of hypodermic syringes or needles that are consistent with or more stringent than any available guidelines for the disposal of home healthcare products provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Provides that the Department must develop educational materials regarding the safe disposal of hypodermic syringes and needles and distribute the materials to pharmacies and the public. Provides certain information that must be included in the educational materials.
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the bill as introduced. Provides that the guidelines are for the proper disposal of hypodermic syringes, needles, or other sharps used for self-administration purposes. Sets forth that the guidelines shall promote flexible and convenient disposal methods appropriate to the area and level of services available to the person disposing of the hypodermic syringe, needle, or other sharps. Provides that the Department guidelines shall encourage the use of safe disposal programs that include, but are not limited to, drop box or supervised collection sites, sharps mail-back programs, syringe exchange programs, and at-home needle destruction devices.