Friday, August 29, 2014

Safely dispose of unwanted medications September 27

Clean out your medicine cabinet and safely dispose of medications:

September 27, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

To publicize the event, posters and flyers are available online.  Please consider spreading the word at your workplace and in your community.  One way to prevent teenagers from getting medications for abuse is to get rid of unused medications in the home.  

Until King County is able to launch their secure medicine return policy, these semi-annual collection days are one of only a few ways to get rid of unused and unwanted medications with the least amount of harm to our local environment.  Some Group Health and Bartell pharmacies take back unused medications.  

King County's program is on hold as a result of an agreement in a lawsuit challenging the regulations.  The lawsuit, filed by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and others, is similar to a lawsuit already underway against Alameda County in California.  The Alameda County lawsuit is currently under review by the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and their decision is likely to affect the King County lawsuit.  King County agreed, therefore, to delay implementation until after the court's decision.  

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