Drug take back program turns into a big fight in Los Angeles

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The California Product Stewardship Council (CalPSC) is working hard to implement a drug take back program ordinance in Los Angeles County that is based on similar successful ordinances in Alameda County and 5 other California cities. The ordinance will require drug makers to set-up and run the program for the benefit of Los Angeles County residents.

Robust and convenient drug take back programs (receptacles in all pharmacies) will help send mountains of unused old pills to a safe location for proper disposal. As it stands many people are flushing or trashing unused pills which is bad for the environment.

According to a recent CalPSC article…

PhRMA is currently required to operate such drug take-back programs at least in Kings County, Washington, Alameda County and five other California counties.  As overall management costs of their stewardship organization are spread over more programs, they will experience economies of scale, a benefit that will only increase if Los Angeles is added to the mix. Drug companies already operate and fund very similar programs in Canada and Mexico.

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Earlier this year CWEA joined CalPSC and several other associations in advocating for better drug take back programs.

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