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Prescription Drug Take-Back

Prescription Drug Take-Back

A safe and effective prescription drug take-back program, paid for by those that profit from drug sales, is critical to protecting public health and the environmental quality Oregonians are justly proud of. 

The Oregon State House of Representatives is considering measures to create a safe and effective solution to prescription drug disposal. The House Committee on Health Care is currently accepting comments for H.B. 2386 and H.B. 2645, which BRING supports. Please read BRING's letter of support for drug take-back and add your name to the list of people supporting H.B. 2386 and H.B. 2645, so we can demonstrate to the legislature how important this issue is to all Oregonians.

The Problem with Unused Medicines

The Problem with Unused Medicines

Unused medicines are a public safety, public health, and environmental concern. Unwanted drugs lingering in the home or tossed in the garbage may end up in the wrong hands, those of children or drug dealers. Flushing drugs down the drain presents other problems. Oregon Department of Environmental Quality sampling has found trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in Oregon streams and rivers and even groundwater.

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Disposing of Unused Drugs

Disposing of Unused Drugs

While pharmaceutical companies profit by over-prescribing drugs, in Oregon local governments are burdened with the costs and responsibilities associated with the collection, transportation and destruction of these wasted medicines. Agencies like the Lane County Sheriff’s Department should not be saddled with paying to administer voluntary local drug collection programs with scarce tax dollars, and public safety facilities are neither the most appropriate nor the most effective locations for drug collection stations.

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Manufacturer-Funded Drug Take-back Policy

Manufacturer-Funded Drug Take-back Policy

Extended Producer Responsibility for medicine is the best way to deal with unused prescription and over the counter drugs. The cost to pharmaceutical manufacturers of setting up a stewardship organization to oversee a drug take-back program will be nominal, approximately 0.1 percent of annual statewide medicine sales. Oregonians already enjoy the benefits of several producer-funded stewardship laws governing the safe disposal of products ranging from paint to consumer electronics. There is no good reason prescription drugs should not be covered by such a measure. 

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