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1 name Secure Medicine Return Legislation: A Producer Responsibility Approach Cheri Grasso Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County November 2008

2 name Next Steps Regulatory Change Moving Beyond Grants Washington State Producer Responsibility Legislation

3 name Regulatory Change Department of Transportation –Working to simplify for medicine return –Medicines must be in original package Requires sorting Loose pills shipped in smaller container Limits weight of container Product Stewardship Institute –Dialogue on regulations Dec –www.productstewardship.us

4 name Beyond Grants PH:ARM successful in obtaining grants Search for Sustainable Funding –Local Governments cannot pay for statewide –Pharmacies have very small profit margin –Producers most logical choice Voluntary approach? –Creates unfair level for producers

5 name 2008 Secure Medicine Return Bill Producer paid statewide medicine return program Passed out of Environmental Health Committee Unanimous, bi-partisan vote Big bill, short session Set stage for success in 09

6 name 2008 Endorsers Business Bartell Drugs Group Health Washington Food Industry WA State Pharmacy Association Civic & Environmental Organizations Childrens Alliance Environment Washington League of Women Voters of WA People for Puget Sound Senior Citizens Lobby Sierra Club Cascade Chapter WA Citizens for Resource Conservation WA Organic Recycling Council WashPIRG Governments Coalition for Clean Water King County Local Hazardous Waste Mgmt Program in King County Thurston County WA Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Yakima County Health Organizations Assoc of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses Breast Cancer Fund School Nurse Organization of WA WA State Assoc of Occupational Health Nurses WA State Hospice and Palliative Care Org. WA State Nurses Assoc.

7 name Medicine Return Legislation: What does the program look like? Producers choose –Mail back –Pharmacy –Hybrid –Other???? If pharmacy model –Pharmacies participate voluntarily –Expect many to do so

8 name Policy: Medicine Return Legislation In every county All cities with populations >10,000 Covers all medicines –Over-the-counter –Prescription (including controlled substances) From –Households –Residential sources (hospice, nursing homes, schools, etc.)

9 name Medicine Return Legislation: Final Disposal Medicines disposed at hazardous waste facility –Federal law - some medicines designate –WA State law - most medicines designate Allows use of new technology if superior protection of human health and environment, and approved by Department of Ecology

10 name Medicine Return Legislation: Shared Responsibility Pharmaceutical brand owners pay for program Pharmacies give out information on take back and may provide take-back locations Consumers return their unwanted medications to takeback location Government provides oversight and education

11 name Next Steps Seeking endorsements Talking with legislators Talking with pharmaceutical manufacturers Successful passage in 09!

12 name More information Pilot –www.medicinereturn.comwww.medicinereturn.com Secure Medicine Return Bill –www.leg.gov.wawww.leg.gov.wa –Bill Search –3064


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