|Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen and Miss |
Washington Reina Almon present Mayor David Baker
with prevention award.
The King County Board of Health Subcommittee on Secure Medicine Return is the recipient of a Washington State Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Award in the Local Government category. Board of Health member David Baker, mayor of Kenmore, received the award on behalf of the subcommittee at an awards event held October 21 during the Washington State Prevention Summit in Yakima.
Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen bestowed the award stating:
“The adoption of a secure medicine return program in King County is part of a multi-pronged strategy for preventing youth medicine abuse. It goes hand-in-hand with coalition and community-based educational activities; the statewide prescription monitoring program; law enforcement efforts to break up illegal sales of medications; and national campaigns teaching people to lock up their medications. As with all substance abuse prevention, multiple partners are needed to be most effective. The King County Board of Health's Subcommittee on Secure Medicine Return is a perfect example of government playing their part in prevention.”
The Subcommittee on Secure Medicine Return developed a rule and regulation to establish a secure medicine return program in King County that will reduce the amount of unused and unwanted medicines in homes and be part of a comprehensive, community-wide strategy for preventing youth substance abuse. King County is only the second jurisdiction in the United States to adopt medicine return program using a product stewardship model that requires pharmaceutical companies doing business in the county to implement and pay for it.
To learn more about the Secure Medicine Return program, visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/BOH/MedicineTakeback.aspx