States Pass Safe Medication Disposal Legislation

By: Stericycle

Oregon is the latest state to pass safe medication disposal legislation. On July 3, the state lawmakers passed House Bill 3273, which 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.

Legislation for safe drug disposal education programs was also recently implemented in Virginia and Minnesota. These new laws will require pharmacists to provide patient counseling on proper drug disposal.

Meanwhile, some bills have been halted due to state legislative sessions being adjourned. These states include Connecticut, Maine, Texas and West Virginia.

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:

  • Minnesota (passed)
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Virginia (passed)

States proposing extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws that require drug manufacturers to fund statewide drug take back programs:

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

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 drug take back collection kiosks and 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.