By Kerry Miele
On June 20, 2013, the Board of Health (Board) in King County, Washington passed new Secure Medicine Return Regulations (Regulations), establishing a program to collect and properly dispose of unwanted medicines from local residents. This program will be funded and operated by drug manufacturers whose prescription and over-the-counter medicines are sold for residential use in or into King County. In addition, this program requires all pharmaceutical drug wholesalers that sell prescription or non-prescription drugs in or into King County to submit a list of manufacturers of those drugs to the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program (Program) by October 25, 2013. Wholesalers are then required to provide an updated list annually by January 15th of each year.
According to the Regulations, wholesalers may submit the list of covered drug manufacturers to the Program either electronically to: Taylor Watson at Taylor.firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to the following address:
Taylor Watson, Program Implementation Manager, Secure Medicine Return
Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County
130 Nickerson St., Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98109
For more information and to view the Regulations, please visit the King County Board of Health website at http://kingcountysecuremedicinereturn.org/.