San Francisco proposes drug take-back ordinance

San Francisco proposes drug take-back ordinance

San Francisco, California, has introduced an ordinance to require manufacturers of pharmaceuticals to fund and manage the safe, secure collection and disposal of unused household medications. If the ordinance passes, San Francisco would be the third municipality to adopt an “extended producer responsibility” model for pharmaceuticals, joining Alameda County, California and King County, Washington.

Although San Francisco was the first local government in the nation to introduce a drug take-back ordinance in 2010, that ordinance was put on hold when pharmaceutical manufacturers agreed to provide grant funds to partially fund a voluntary, temporary, county-wide pilot program. The new ordinance is intended to create a permanent solution for both prescription and over-the-counter medication.

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