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  • Local Drug Take-Back Laws are a Success!

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    Pharmaceutical industry’s MED-Project program provides more secure medicine drop boxes under local ordinances. Local health boards adopted these laws to help prevent medicine abuse, addiction, and overdose deaths by helping residents clean old drugs out of their medicine cabinets. The WA Secure Drug Take-Back Act (SHB 1047 http://app.leg.wa.gov/bills......) would expand this successful model statewide.

    Pharmaceutical manufacturers are financing and coordinating a system of more than 140 secure drug drop boxes in pharmacies, hospitals, and police stations in Snohomish and King counties under local health codes. Prepaid return mailers are also available for residents. Through pharmaceutical industry support, the program is reducing burdens on local law enforcement and providing new drop boxes in more convenient locations, like drug stores, grocery stores, and medical clinics. Similar programs are being implemented in Pierce, Kitsap, Clallam and Whatcom counties. A state bill (SHB 1047) is before the WA Legislature to expand this successful model, providing drug take-back services to all residents across Washington.

    The manufacturers’ MED-Project programs is secure and DEA-compliant. The program accepts prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including controlled substances like oxycodone, Xanax, and Percocet.

    In popular locations like QFC grocery stores in Everett and Seattle, the 33-gallon drop boxes fill up every week as residents bring in their leftover medications for safe disposal.

    MED-Project website for Snohomish program: https://med-project.org/loc......
    MED-Project website for King program: https://med-project.org/loc......

    MED-Project LLC is the stewardship organization operating the drug take-back programs on behalf of roughly 400 pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors. Drug producers are responsible for costs of secure drop boxes, collection supplies, transportation and safe destruction of collected medicines, as well as public education. The local ordinances have drug take-back service standards for each city, town, and unincorporated areas. Qualified pharmacies and law enforcement agencies can opt in to host and staff a drop box. The number of drop boxes is still increasing. Show less
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