Secure Medicine Return in Kitsap County

The Kitsap County Board of Health passed a Secure Medicine Return Regulation on December 6, 2016 to provide a safe, convenient, and environmentally sound way for residents to dispose of leftover and expired medicines.  The Board took action because there are no statewide laws or programs for medication return programs, and there is currently a lack of safe, convenient and legal disposal options for unused medications in Kitsap County.
Zero Waste Washington advocated for passage of this local regulation, along with local pharmacies, law enforcement, and substance abuse prevention advocates.

The regulation requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to develop and pay more a comprehensive secure medicine return system throughout the county.  The manufacturer’s program must:

  • Accept all household medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter.
  • Provide secure medicine drop box locations at pharmacies, hospitals, police stations and other authorized collection sites.
  • Provide collection events and mailers to residents who are not near a secure drop box.
  • Provide prepaid return mailers to homebound residents.
  • Use secure protocols in handling collected medicines and dispose of medicines at properly permitted facilities, per EPA’s recommendations.
  • Provide education about the program, and discourage residents from disposing of leftover medicines in the trash.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers must submit a proposed stewardship plan to the county in June 2017. The secure drug take-back program will start three months after the county reviews and approves the manufacturers’ plan.

Learn more about this new law.

Overview of the Kitsap County Secure Medicine Return Regulation

Kitsap County Secure Medicine Return Ordinance & Secure Medicine Return Regulations (complete text)

Medicine Return Program Kitsap Public Health District

Last Updated (Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:16)