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Alameda County's New Policy on Drug Disposal

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed a new policy on July 24, 2012 requiring drug companies to pay for collecting and disposing of leftover drugs they manufacture.

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Congratulations Alameda County! 

On July 24, 2012, Alameda County became the first local government in the country to enact a policy requiring drug companies to pay for the collection and disposal of the leftover drugs they manufacture. Passed by unanimous vote by the Alameda Board of Supervisors, pharmaceutical companies are mandated to design, operate and fund a collection program.


Press Release

A press release issued by Alameda County states scarcity of medicine collection sites, volume of unwanted medicines and increase in drug poisoning among the concerns with extended producer responsibility as a framework for the new ordinance.   Read full press release...   


Media

Click on the story title to learn more about the new Alameda County policy.

KQED
July 24, 2012

Radio Story on Safe Drug Disposal in Alameda County

KGO
July 24, 2012

Radio Story on Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance

KTVU
July 25, 2012

News story on the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance

KTVU
July 24, 2012

Alameda County makes industry pay to toss prescription pills

San Francisco Chronicle
July 24, 2012  

Drug-disposal law OKd in Alameda County

CBS San Francisco
July 24, 2012

Alameda Co. Mandates Drug Makers To Pay For Disposing Expired Meds

Huffington Post
San Francisco
July 25, 2012

Alameda Prescription Drug Measure Forces Companies To Pay For Disposal

North County Times
July 25, 2012

Alameda County makes industry pay to toss Rx pills

San Jose Mercury News
July 25, 2012

Alameda County passes law that makes drug makers pay for disposing of unused drugs  

 

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