Utah Urges DEA Approval of Pharmaceutical Disposal Pilot

By: Stericycle

As many states continue to propose legislation on consumer drug take back programs that aim to combat the opioid epidemic, our team will continue to monitor and report the progress of any new drug take back and safe medication disposal legislation developments moving into 2020.

Utah is the latest state to see movement on safe medication disposal legislation. The state passed a resolution requesting the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to approve a pilot program for pharmaceutical drop boxes in pharmacies.

The one-year pilot would waive existing regulations and allow local Utah law enforcement to own, operate and secure the pharmaceutical drop boxes. The resolution highlights the impact of the opioid epidemic on Utah; describes previous actions to place law enforcement-controlled pharmaceutical drop boxes in local pharmacies; and urges the DEA to approve a pilot program for pharmaceutical drop boxes that are controlled by local law enforcement agencies.

Below you can find an up to date list of consumer drug disposal related state legislation proposed this year.

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)
  • Virginia (passed)


Additionally, Maryland’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation, requiring drug manufacturers to fund drug take back programs locally, recently failed.

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. to Learn more about our consumer drug take back solutions here.