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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

California's SB 1014 pushes for a statewide drug disposal program

California has proposed SB 1014, which would enact the Home-Generated Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Disposal Act. The bill is modeled after an ordinance in Alameda County (CA) that requires pharmaceutical companies to fund medicine take-back programs. King County in Washington approved a similar ordinance. Both ordinances are being legally challenged.

SB 1014 passed the state's Environmental Quality committee on March 25th. If the bill passes and becomes law, California would be the first state in the US to pass a drug disposal bill based on a product stewardship model. Illinois passed the Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Fund in 2011. It provides local law enforcement agencies grants to cover the costs of collection, transportation, and incineration of pharmaceuticals from residential sources. The funding comes from a $20 fine charged to those who commit certain drug offenses.

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:15AM on 4/1/2014
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