30 percent of the medicines we purchase go unused for various reasons. A safe statewide take-back program will protect public health by reducing accidental overdoses, keeping pharmaceutical drugs out of the hands of children, and reducing the illicit market for opiate painkillers and other prescriptions.
Improper drug disposal is an environmental hazard. Research shows that pharmaceutical chemicals commonly find their way from landfill leachate into wastewater treatment facilities and then into waterways. Because local agencies do not test for the presence of pharmaceutical drugs in our state’s waterways, officials recommend coordinated prescription drug disposal to keep drugs out of Oregon’s water.
The public hearing was an important first step and we urge you to schedule a work session to keep this concept alive. We believe that there will be strong bipartisan support for either of these bills.
Carolyn Stein,Executive Director,BRING Cc:House Speaker Tina KotekRepresentative Sheri Malstrom