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Seattle-Area County Enacts Pharmaceutical Waste Law

Article-Seattle-Area County Enacts Pharmaceutical Waste Law

King County, Wash., has approved a pharmaceutical waste producer responsibility law.

The county, which encompasses Seattle, approved the law through the King County Board of Health. It is the second municipality in the United States, following Alameda County, Calif., to require that pharmaceutical companies pay for the safe disposal of leftover medicines, the board of health reported in an e-mail.

The take-back model mandated under King County’s new law provide residents with substantially more drop-off sites, as well as other options for safe disposal of pharmaceuticals.


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