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Snohomish County’s drug take-back program to start next year

Wednesday, July 06, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Anne Piacentino
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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — People will be able to safely dispose of unused prescription or other drugs at sites throughout Snohomish County starting next year.

The Snohomish Health District’s board on Tuesday approved a drug take-back program, making it the second county other than King County to have such a program.

The Herald says ( the first of up to 175 disposal sites are expected to open next spring at pharmacies, hospitals and other locations.

The idea is to prevent drugs from getting into the wrong hands or from being flushed down the toilet where they can cause environmental problems.

Health officials say police stations currently take the drugs but aren’t able to handle the volume.

The district says the plan is for producers of medicines and drugs to pay for the program, an estimated $570,000 cost. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America objected to the proposal.

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