San Francisco Ordinance May Require Drug Disposal Program Paid for by Pharmaceutical Companies

December 9, 2010

Topics: Medication Collection and Disposal

On December 7, 2010, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors considered a Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance that would require pharmaceutical companies to provide a means of environmentally safe drug disposal. The Board reports that the city’s “wastewater treatment plants are not designed to treat drugs that are flushed down toilets and sinks, leading to contamination of the Bay.” The ordinance is also intended to help curb rates of drug poisonings, suicide attempts, and youth drug abuse by providing citizens with a safe means of disposing of unwanted, unused prescription drugs.