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Delaware State Police will be participating the National Take Back Initiative on October 26th.

It will allow the disposal of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs people may have in the home.

WBOC reports that police say it is free and anonymous as well as a safe way to dispose of dangerous drugs.

In New Castle County Delaware State Police Troop 2 will be taking them in while Kent County’s Delaware State Police Troop 3will be available

In Sussex County Delaware State Police Troop 7 will also be a place for disposal.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has given final approval to a bill requiring drug manufacturers who sell opioid painkillers in Delaware to pay a new tax to help support substance abuse prevention and treatment.

The bill cleared the House on a 33-to-8 vote Thursday and now goes to Democratic Gov. John Carney.

The legislation imposes a per-pill tax on prescription opioids ranging from a few cents to a dollar or more, based on their strength and whether they are brand-name or generic.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia State Police is inviting the public to drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at sites across the state this weekend.

Collection sites will be open at division headquarters around Virginia on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Drug Take-Back Day is aimed at preventing pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of unused prescription drugs.

The Drug Enforcement Administration website has a list of collection sites. The DEA will not accept liquids or needles.

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The Maryland General Assembly closed out its ninty-day session this month with the passing House Speaker Michael Busch. Delmarva Public Radio spoke with Len Lazaarick, editor and publisher of about its impact and what was accomplished this year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is set to vote on legislation imposing a new tax on drug manufacturers who sell opioid painkillers in Delaware.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday is similar to a measure that was introduced last year but failed to get a floor vote.

The legislation imposes a per-pill tax on prescription opioids ranging from a few cents to a dollar or more, based on their strength and whether they are brand-name or generic.

The tax would be used to create a fund for drug treatment programs and research.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to create a state board to make prescription drugs more affordable has passed the Maryland House.

The House of Delegates voted 98-40 on Wednesday for the bill. It has been described as a first-of-its-kind in the nation and a priority of Democrats, who control the General Assembly. It now goes to the Senate.

The measure has been scaled back from an initial proposal, because the board will only have jurisdiction over how much state and local governments pay for expensive medications.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a Maryland appeal to uphold the state's law against pharmaceutical price gouging.

The high court on Tuesday denied Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh's appeal without comment, letting a lower court ruling against the law stand.

The law approved in 2017 enabled the state's attorney general to sue makers of off-patent or generic drugs for price increases that state officials considered "unconscionable." That was defined as an excessive increase, unjustified by the cost of producing or distributing the drugs.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of creating a state board in Maryland to review high-priced drugs will be outlining the legislation in the state capital

Faith leaders from across the state are scheduled to gather in Annapolis with lawmakers Thursday to support the bill. Democratic leadership has made prescription-drug affordability a priority of the legislative session. The bill has picked up some bipartisan support.

The measure calls for creating an independent body with the authority to evaluate high-cost prescription drugs and set rates for Maryland residents to pay.

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Maryland lawmakers are looking to rein in the cost of prescription drugs.

The General Assembly is expected to take up the Prescription Drug Affordability Act.

Democratic Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk told WBOC that she sees a difference from last year when the bill died in the state Senate.

Meanwhile, GOP Delegate Johnny Mautz told the television station that he joins his Democratic colleagues in that something must be done.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Democrat Ben Jealous is supporting proposals aimed at making prescription drugs more affordable in Maryland.

Jealous, who is running for governor, announced his support for the measures Monday at a news conference.

He is backing legislation to create a state board to focus on ensuring transparency and accountability in prescription drug pricing. He says companies would be required to provide advance notice before increasing prices and explain why.

Up and down Delmarva police departments marked National Drug Take Back Day this past weekend.

State officials said that since 2010 the program has collected more than 76-thousand pounds of medication.

WBOC reports that the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services says that the program allows people to safely dispose of unused medication.

Governor John Carney said the program was part of a state effort to reduce drug addiction along with education and prevention efforts.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials in Delaware say opioid prescriptions have dropped "significantly" since regulations were enacted a year ago to combat the drug scourge.

Delaware's Department of State said in a press release Thursday that 14 percent fewer opioid prescriptions were written in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of 2017. There also was an 18 percent decline in the quantity of opioids dispensed.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A group of Maryland health advocates is outlining some new plans to improve prescription drug affordability.

Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative is holding a news conference on Wednesday in Baltimore to talk about a proposal that would create a state commission to determine what Marylanders can pay for expensive drugs in order to make them more affordable.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland coalition is highlighting the need for more affordable prescription drugs.

The Maryland Citizens Health Initiative has scheduled a news conference Thursday in Baltimore. Members of the group are releasing a poll that they say shows support for three initiatives.

One would require companies to disclose the basis for high-cost drugs. Another would require companies to notify the public about steep price increases for prescription drugs. The other would give the state's attorney general authority to take action against price gouging.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's emergency rooms are seeing a dramatic spike this year in the number of patients seeking treatment for heroin overdoses.

Data provided by the Virginia Department of Health shows that the state's emergency departments reported nearly 500 visits in the first four months of 2016 with heroin overdose as the primary complaint or discharge diagnosis.

That's roughly two-and-a half times the number of emergency department visits for heroin overdoses reported over the same period last year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A hearing is scheduled for a measure to allow terminally ill Maryland residents to legally end their lives with drugs prescribed by a doctor.

The hearing is set for Friday in the House Health and Government Operations Committee.

The bill would allow mentally capable, terminally ill patients with less than six months to live to obtain prescription drugs they could ingest themselves, if their suffering becomes unbearable.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan wants to up the penalties for drug trafficking and tighten the state’s program that monitors prescription drugs.

One measure would bring the state’s anti-gang statute more in line with the federal racketeering law.

The second measure would make the prescription drug monitoring program mandatory in identifying and investigating drug abuse.

In his statement the governor said he wanted to bring the various stakeholders together in the fight against the increasing phenomena of heroin and opioid addiction.

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A Death with Dignity measure is expected to be considered by the Delaware state legislature.

Representative Paul Baumbach is drawing up a measure that would be similar to Oregon’s law that allows doctors to write lethal prescriptions.

Baumbach says that that terminally ill in the state with six months to live or less as assessed by a doctor should have the right to take the lethal drug.

The Newark Democrat said he expects it will take a year before he is able to get his measure through the General Assembly.

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A “Right to Die” bill in the Maryland legislature has been shelved for more study.

The legislation that would allow certain terminally ill patients the right to end their lives with prescription drugs is expected to be examined this summer.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the measure is sponsored by Delegate Shane Pendergrass who said she was not surprised by the resistance to the measure given the emotional testimony in Annapolis.

There are only five states that have right to die laws.

MINQUADALE, Del. (AP) - New Castle County residents will soon have another option for getting rid of unwanted medications.

County police plan to unveil a prescription drug drop box at the department's headquarters next week.

Several times a year the Drug Enforcement Agency holds a National "Prescription Drug Take- Back Day," but the drop box will allow people to safely dispose of expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs whenever they want.

Police say the drop box will help keep those drugs from being used in illegal activity.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say residents turned in more than 6,000 pounds of prescription medications during Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The Department of Health and Social Services said Monday that last month's take-back netted the second-highest total since Drug Take-Back Days began.

Residents gave up unwanted or expired medications, which officials said will help prevent abuse and theft and reduce water pollution by having the medications safely disposed of.

Three deaths have now been reported in the State of Maryland from the heat wave that has hit Delmarva.

The state health department they involved three men -- two senior citizens with one of them in Wicomico County.

These are the first heat-related death this year in the state with 34 fatalities last year.

The state health officials are warning people to stay out of the heat with the potential to cause stroke and exhaustion.

And, those still without power because of the recent storms should take advantage of the 58 cooling centers around the state.