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KITSAP PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT PASSES SECURE MEDICINE RETURN REGULATIONS (Ordinance 2016-02)

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FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON MEDICINE TAKE-BACK PLAN


In December 2016, the Kitsap Public Health Board adopted regulations that would make medication disposal safe, available, convenient and free for Kitsap residents.

The public is invited to submit feedback or comments on the proposed medicine take-back plan submitted by MED-Project, the organization managing similar programs in Pierce, King and Snohomish Counties.

Read the full plan.

Feedback sought on medicine take-back plan (printable fact sheet)

Feedback will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Tues., December 5th, 2017, and can be submitted:

  1. Online or via email to infoweb@kitsappublichealth.org
  2. In writing via mail or in person at the Kitsap Public Health District:
  3. Secure Medicine Return Plan Feedback
    Kitsap Public Health District
    345 6th St., Ste. 300
    Bremerton, WA 98310

  4. By phone by calling (360) 728-2205

WHAT'S NEXT?

Once the plan is approved, MED-Project has 90 days to implement the program. We anticipate that the public will begin seeing drop boxes at local retailers during the first quarter of 2018.

HISTORY

On December 6, 2016 the Kitsap Public Health board passed Ordinance 2016-02: Secure Medicine Return Regulations. This ordinance establishes a convenient, secure medicine return system for residents that:

  • Provides drop-off locations for unused medications throughout Kitsap County.
  • These regulations expand safe medicine disposal options for Kitsap County residents to reduce risks of misuse, poisonings, and overdoses from leftover and expired medicines, and reduce the amount of pharmaceuticals entering sewer, septic, and solid waste systems.
  • These regulations improve convenience for residents by expanding locations of secure drop boxes from law enforcement offices to pharmacies and hospitals, as now allowed under DEA regulations.
  • Provide an option for residents to dispose of unused medicine by mail at no charge.
  • Requires the pharmaceutical industry pay for these programs.

These regulations ensure financial sustainability through a pharmaceutical industry-financed system providing sufficient resources to promote the program and handle larger volumes of returned medicines, and that relieves burdens on local government agencies and taxpayers.

 

 

 


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