LAFAYETTE – A new law designed to help battle the state's opioid crisis is now on the governor's desk.

Currently, hospice patients’ family members are responsible for disposing of their drugs after the patient dies. If signed into law, the legislation by Senator Fred Mills would require hospice providers dispose of said drugs.

The state is providing a new tool for hospice providers to get rid of opioids. "Once you put the opioids in this bag and seal it up, they become household waste," says Mills.

Mills and Attorney General Jeff Landry are hoping these bags will ease the state's opioid crisis by keeping prescription drugs out of the wrong hands. Mallinckrodt, a British pharmaceutical company is donating 30,000 bags for hospice companies to use.

"Free of charge, nurses are going to have an opportunity to take some of the deadliest opioids to hit the street, off the street,” Landry said. “And why is that important? Think of this statistic, 60% of opioid addicts start their addiction using someone else's prescription."

The donated bags will provide an opportunity to try them out in the real world (as opposed to a controlled environment). “We will see how it works and if the data comes back and it improves the opioid epidemic then that will be great too," Director of Hospice at Bridgeway Nursing Hollie Carlson said.

The opioid disposal bags are environmentally safe and will keep unwanted drugs away from pets.

"Some people flush, some people mix it with kitty litter and mix water in it but there's always questions about can animals get to that so I think this is definitely a sure fire way to know our medicines are being disposed of properly," Carlson said.

This is just one way of combating the state’s drug problem and officials are continuing to explore other methods as well.