California, Oregon Move on Safe Medication Disposal Legislation

By: Stericycle

California and Oregon are the latest states to see movement on passed safe medication disposal legislation.

California passed its statewide Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation Senate Bill 212 in August 2018. The state is currently undergoing informal rulemaking, which allows more opportunity for dialogue and influence by stakeholders. The formal rulemaking process is anticipated to begin in October 2019.

Additionally, Oregon lawmakers passed House Bill 3273 last month. The bill directs drug manufacturers to develop and implement drug take back programs to collect and destroy leftover medications from consumers. The bill is currently awaiting signature by Gov. Kate Brown before being enacted into law.

Some bills have been halted due to legislative sessions being adjourned in certain states. Hawaii’s version is awaiting further action, as the state’s lawmakers are still in session.

The Stericycle Environmental Solutions team will continue to monitor and report the progress of any new drug take back and safe medication disposal legislation developments. Below is a current list of consumer drug disposal related state legislation proposed in 2019.

States proposing that pharmacies be required to implement drug take back programs:

  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas

States proposing that pharmacies and health care facilities be required to provide safe medication disposal education to patients:

  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Minnesota (passed, effective July 1)
  • Virginia (passed, effective July 1)

States proposing EPR laws that require drug manufacturers to fund statewide drug take back programs:

  • Maryland
  • Oregon (passed, pending governor’s signature)
  • Hawaii

Wondering how you can stay compliant with new drug take back legislation, or are you interested in offering drug take back programs to your community? Stericycle Environmental Solutions can help with safe medication disposal and drug take back compliance expertise.

Stericycle’s medication collection kiosks and Seal&Send medication mail back envelopes are safe, convenient and sustainable options for consumers to dispose of their unused and/or expired drugs. Click here to learn more about our consumer drug take back solutions.