Safe, convenient drug take-back law passed by Board of Health

The King County Board of Health passed the Secure Medicine Return Regulations on June 20, 2013, establishing an industry – funded product stewardship model to collect and safely dispose of unwanted household medicines from residents of the county. Legislation was developed through a year-long process where a subcommittee of the Board consulted with stakeholders, examined barriers to medicine take-back in the county, and developed a proposed product stewardship policy which was adopted unanimously by the full Board.

When the program is in operation, residents will be encouraged to bring leftover, expired, and unneeded medicines to secure drop boxes in retail pharmacies or law enforcement offices throughout the county. The program will be funded and operated by drug producers selling medicines for residential use in or into King County. Public Health-Seattle & King County and the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County will oversee the program for safety and for compliance with the regulation’s requirements and standards.

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Contact: Taylor Watson
Program Implementation Manager, Secure Medicine Return
Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County or 206-263-3072.

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