San Francisco drug take-back legislation gets unanimous approval

San Francisco, February 26, 2015

Legislation designed to prevent unwanted or expired medications from being discarded got its day in court today. The legislation, which would require drug manufacturers to support ‘take-backs’ and allow patients to return unwanted or expired medications, was unanimously approved by the Government Audit and Oversight Committee.

“Expired and unwanted medications pollute the Bay and ocean if they are flushed, can pollute groundwater if they are thrown in the garbage, and contribute to addiction, misuse, or poisonings if they are left in the home,” said San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed, who sponsored the legislation.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed, seen here during the Pride Parade, June 14, 2014.  Photo by Stephen Dorian Miner

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed, seen here during the Pride Parade, June 14, 2014. Photo by Stephen Dorian Miner

San Francisco has been operating a pilot program for the past three years and according to a press release from Breed’s office has collected 23.5 tons of medicine during that time.