Secure medicine return, or take-back, programs are an important public health and safety strategy to rid homes of unused or unwanted medicines – reducing misuse and abuse of medicines. These programs also ensure environmentally sound disposal of waste medicines.

HB 1047: The Washington Secure Drug Take-Back Program

March 8, 2017: This bill was not passed by the House of Representatives and is dead for the 2017 session.

  • Expand secure medicine disposal options to reduce risks of medicine poisonings, misuse, and overdoses, and prevent waste medicines from contributing to environmental pollution.
  • Improve convenience for residents by providing secure drop boxes in pharmacies and hospitals, as now allowed under the DEA Rule for take-back of controlled substances.
  • Ensure financial sustainability through a system the pharmaceutical industry funds and coordinates, relieving burdens on law enforcement, local agencies, and taxpayers.

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