Media Resources for the WA Secure Drug Take-Back Act


March 22nd media release: WA Secure Drug Take-Back Act Becomes Law!

Feb. 9th media release: Secure Drug Take-Back Act Passes in Washington House

Background Resources on the WA Secure Drug Take-Back Act – House Bill 1047 sponsored by Representative Strom Peterson (21st District):

Fact Sheet on WA Secure Drug Take-Back Act ESHB 1047 (PDF)

Policy Overview of ESHB 1047 as Passed Legislature

Supporters List for WA Secure Drug Take-Back Act (PDF)

1047 Bill Summary Page & Complete Bill Language

Video, including footage of people using MED-Project drop boxes

Images - Free for Reuse (click on link to access file)

MED-Project secure drug drop boxes in collection locations:

QFC grocery store in Seattle*

SeaMar Clinic in Everett photo credit: Snohomish Health District

Kaiser-Permanente clinic in Seattle*

Lake Forest Police Dept. *

* photos taken by Community Environmental Health Strategies LLC, no attribution needed for reuse.

Law Enforcement Collection Events:

Hoquiam Police Dept. - 2014 photo credit: Hoquiam Police Department

Clark County Sheriff's Dept - 2014 photo credit: Clark County Sheriff's Office

Additional Background Resources:

Successful policy model. The WA Secure Drug Take-Back Act is modeled on the successful local Secure Medicine Return ordinances that are operating in King County, Snohomish County, and Kitsap County. And are being implemented in four other counties: Pierce, Clallam, Whatcom and Skagit..

Secure Medicine Return Ordinances and Programs in WA (PDF) - summary of status of model ordinances in several WA counties. Drug manufacturers are providing drug take-back programs with convenient drop-off sites at drug stores, grocery stores, hospitals, and police stations.

Estimated costs to drug manufacturers. The estimated cost to manufacturers of a statewide drug take-back program are a small investment for public safety - only about 0.1% of annual medicines sales of $5.7 billion in Washington State.

Learn more about House Bill 1047's Financing Mechanism(PDF)

FAQs. Secure collection of unwanted medicines reduces risks of misuse, poisonings and overdoses. Secure drug take-back is a key part of a comprehensive strategy to prevent addiction to opioids and other medicines. Safe take-back prevents waste medicines from entering sewer, septic, and solid waste systems and contributing to pharmaceutical pollution.

Learn more about the Problem with Unwanted Medicines & see our Medicine Return FAQs – provides more information and data sources.

Drug Take-Back Works! Communities that have drug take-back programs find they are popular. Large amounts of leftover medicines are coming in, even though there's little advertising. Many areas only have a few drug drop boxes at law enforcement agencies, when we know pharmacy take-back is more convenient and well-utilized. See a summary of some WA collection data and public surveys.

Last Updated (Monday, 02 April 2018 15:12)