Drug take-back program signed by Governor

  |   State Regulatory

A new drug take-back program has been signed into law and is entering the rulemaking process with the Washington Department of Health. Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1047, to be funded by the pharmaceutical industry, is intended to reduce overdoses, drug misuse, poisonings, and reduce pharmaceutical pollution by placing secure drop-off boxes in every city and town across the state for residents to dispose of old or unused drugs. ESHB 1047 is the first such law in the nation.

Drugs to be included in the program are legend and non-legend drugs, brand name and generic drugs, any drugs contained in medical devices, and drugs for veterinary use for household pets. Pet pesticide products contained in pet collars, powders, shampoos, topical applications are not included. Drug manufacturers will be required to provide drop boxes to be located at drug stores, grocery stores with pharmacies, hospitals, medical clinics and police stations as allowed by DEA’s Rule for Disposal of Controlled Substances.