Marin County Explores Possible Drug Takeback Legislation

On January 30, RXSafe Marin, a cross-section of various county departments and community interest groups, held a Safe Medicine Disposal Forum at the Marin Health and Human Services Wellness Campus in San Rafael.  The meeting, heavily influenced by the California Product Stewardship Council, focused on the legislative steps that Marin County should take in order to have a producer funded drug takeback program in place by June 2016.

Dr. Matt Willis, the County Public Health Officer, detailed county statistics on prescription drug abuse, overdose fatalities, and teenage drug abuse; as well as some anecdotal environmental concerns.  Currently there are seventeen sites in Marin with takeback programs, but Dr. Willis would like to see further investment by establishing a framework of fifty sites (ten sites within each of the county’s five supervisorial districts).  Heidi Sanborn of the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) detailed local options for legislation and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), echoing her statements from a recent Sonoma/Mendocino joint county forum and the arguments she published in an 8-page insert in local newspapers in December.

Other attendees included staff from the counties of Sonoma, San Francisco, and San Mateo.  With drug takeback stakeholder meetings and legislative proposals in five Bay Area counties currently, we anticipate continued education efforts with local policy makers about the drug supply chain and the issues incumbent with drug takeback programs.