Extended Producer Responsibility In Action: Landmark Alameda County Safe Medication Disposal Ordinance Gains Momentum!
Every year, nearly 15,000 people in the United States die from overdoses involving prescription painkillers—more than those who die from heroin and cocaine combined.
In 2010, 55% of pharmaceutical abusers relied on friends and relatives to obtain drugs.
Improper disposal of medications is a public health and safety issue.
Unused medications in the home allow for drug abuse by children and teens. Flushing and throwing away medications can harm the environment and the water we drink.
Alameda County’s Safe Medication Disposal Ordinance is spearheading safe drug disposal for the entire nation. Citizens deserve secure and convenient locations to dispose of their unused medications.
“Pharmaceutical companies need to stop hiding from the issue of the overwhelming amount of unused and outdated medication products, and the cost of disposal currently being carried by the consumer. It’s simply good business for them to work with their customers to promote better health.” – Pauline Von Stetten, Alameda County resident
“As it now stands pharmaceutical profits are privatized and cleanup costs are socialized. This ordinance corrects the imbalance and fairly re-assigns responsibilities.” - Kreigh Hampel, City of Burbank Public Works Department
FINAL VOTE TO PASS ORDINANCE ON JULY 24th!
The first reading of the Safe Medication Disposal Ordinance was held at the Board of Supervisors meeting and the ordinance was passed unanimously by a 5-0 vote on July 10th.
The second reading and final vote on the proposed ordinance is Tuesday, July 24, 2012 11:00 AM at 1221 Oak Street, 5th Floor Board Chambers Oakland, CA 94612.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
1. Sign the petition to pass the ordinance and have your friends, family and neighbors do the same!
3. Send a letter of support for the ordinance! Use this model letter of support addressed to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors
“Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the U.S.” CDC Vital Signs. Office of the Associate Director for Communications. November 2011. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 15 June 2012
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-41, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 11-4658. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2011.