Utah, Nebraska Medication Take Back Programs

By: Stericycle

Utah and Nebraska are two of the latest states to move forward with a pilot consumer medication take back program.

Utah passed a resolution to request that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) allow for a pilot drug take back program for consumer medication drop boxes in pharmacies run by local law enforcement. Meanwhile, Nebraska appropriations passed nearly $300,000 for a statewide drug take back program, effective July 1, 2019 through July 1, 2020.

Legislation for a statewide drug take back program will go into effect for Virginia and Minnesota on July 1, 2019. This will require pharmacists to provide counseling on proper drug disposal.

Stericycle Environmental Solutions will continue to monitor and report the progress of statewide drug take back programs. In the meantime, below is a current list of proposed or approved state legislation.

States in which pharmacies are being required to install or implement take back programs:
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
States in which pharmacies and health care facilities are being required to provide education to patients:
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
States that have drug take back extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws:
  • Maryland
  • Oregon

How can I stay compliant with new take back legislation?

Stericycle Environmental Solutions assists with the compliance of EPR programs and provides products and services to help with pharmaceutical take back initiatives. Click here to learn how we put our expertise to work for our customers.