|Alameda County Passes Drug Take-back Law||| Print ||
|Thursday, 26 July 2012 14:21|
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors this Tuesday passed a first-in-the-nation drug take-back law that requires pharmaceutical companies to pay for the collection of unused medicines throughout the county.
On a vote of 5-0, the board approved the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance, sponsored by Supervisor Nate Miley, that applies to both prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.
The law has been in the works for more than a year and has been revised from its original form by supervisors after meetings with industry representatives.
Drug manufacturers would be prohibited from passing the collection costs along to customers and would be subject to $1,000-a-day fines for violating the law.
The aim of the law is to reduce abuse of prescription drugs, accidental poisonings and pollution of waterways through improper disposal of medicines.
Currently, there are more than two dozen publicly funded sites in the county where residents can drop off leftover medicines.
Alameda County Drug Disposal Sites
For Unwanted or Expired Medications
Alameda Police Department
Alta Bates Milvia Outpatient Pharmacy
Berkeley Transfer Station #3
Eden Medical Center
Fremont Recycling & Transfer Station
Haller's Pharmacy and Medical Supply
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site -Fremont
Washington Hospital Community Health Resource Library
Washington Hospital Main Lobby
Alameda County HHW Drop-off Site - Hayward (For residents of Alameda County only)
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site – Livermore
Washington Township Medical Group
Washington Township Medical Group at Warm Springs
Haller's Pharmacy Newark
Alta Bates Peralta Outpatient Pharmacy
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site – Oakland
Medicine Drop-Off at the California State Building
East Bay MUD Administration Bldg.
Oakland Fire Station #3
Oakland Fire Station #20
City of San Leandro Senior Center
City of San Leandro Public Works
Davis Street Clinic
Medical Arts Pharmacy
Washington Township Medical Group (at Nakamura Clinic)
Alameda County Sheriff’s Office