[Pharmwaste] Fwd: Support for Alameda Co. Safe Medication Disposal Ordinance

Joel Kreisberg drkreisberg at teleosis.org
Mon May 14 23:57:09 EDT 2012


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*Support the Alameda County**
Safe Medication Disposal Ordinance*****

Greetings,****

The *Alameda County Safe Medication Disposal
Ordinance<http://calpsc.org/assets/policies/2012/2012_04_25%20Alameda%20Co%20Pharma%20Ordinance.pdf>
* is scheduled to go before the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on June
5, 2012. If adopted, Alameda County (includes cities like Oakland and
Berkeley) will be the first in the nation to require pharmaceutical
producers to be responsible for take-back and proper disposal of unused or
expired medications.  The ordinance is based on a producer responsibility
model and does the following:****

   - The ordinance requires pharmaceutical companies that sell drugs in
   Alameda County to establish a producer-financed and managed take-back
   program, as is done in other countries including Canada, Australia, and
   France;****
   - Producers cannot charge visible fees, forcing internalization of
   costs, to implement the stewardship program so take-back is just a cost of
   doing business; ****
   - The program must have an outreach and promotion campaign including
   prominently displayed signage;****
   - Producers must pay an oversight fee to the county (just like our state
   bills requiring reimbursement for oversight)****
   - Controlled substances are excluded from the ordinance for now,
   awaiting DEA findings on the issue;****
   - Failure to comply allows a maximum penalty of up to $1,000 per day fine
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This ordinance is precedent setting and is only the second in the nation
after New York City's e-waste ordinance to require producer
responsibility. Please
contact our office at 916-706-3420 if you have any questions.****

* **WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP*****

*1. Send a letter of support for the ordinance - use this* *model letter of
support** addressed to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.* ****

*2. **Sign the petition to pass the
ordinance<http://www.change.org/petitions/alameda-county-board-of-supervisors-pass-the-alameda-county-safe-medication-disposal-ordinance>
and
have your supporters do the same*.****

*3. Like **Alameda County Safe
Meds<http://www.facebook.com/AlamedaSafeMeds>on Facebook and follow
* *@AlCoSafeMeds <https://twitter.com/#%21/AlCoSafeMeds>* *on Twitter to
receive the latest news on the ordinance.  *****

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-- 
Dr. Joel Kreisberg, DC, MA, CCH
www.joelkreisberg.com
www.drkreisberg.org
www.teleosis.org
drkreisberg at teleosis.org
510-558-7285 Ext 102
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