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<h1><span style='font-size:11.0pt'><a
href="http://www.waterworld.com/index/display/article-display/3598039715/s-articles/s-waterworld/s-drinking-water/s-water-resources/s-emerging-contaminants/s-naco-adopts_resolution.html">http://www.waterworld.com/index/display/article-display/3598039715/s-articles/s-waterworld/s-drinking-water/s-water-resources/s-emerging-contaminants/s-naco-adopts_resolution.html</a><o:p></o:p></span></h1>

<h1>NACo adopts resolution on producer responsibility for unwanted medicines<o:p></o:p></h1>

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<p>NASHVILLE, TN, July 29, 2009 -- The National Association of Counties (NACo),
the country's largest local government organization, yesterday unanimously
adopted a policy supporting producer responsibility for unwanted medicines.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p><a
href="http://www.productpolicy.org/ppi/attachments/NACo-2009-Pharmaceuticals-resolution.pdf"
target=blank>&gt;&gt; View the resolution</a> [.pdf]<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>The expense of taking back unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs
would be handled by the pharmaceutical industry, without relying on state or
local government funding.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>There are examples of successful take back programs in the U.S and Canada
that benefit the health both of the environment and the population,&quot; said
Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt of Ramsey County, Minnesota, who introduced the
proposal along with three council members from Washington State. &quot;NACo's
adopting a product stewardship policy for the pharmaceutical industry is a
great step forward.&quot;<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>The council members from Washington were Dave Somers from Snohomish County
and Dow Constantine and Julia Patterson from King County.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>According to the resolution, the <a
href="http://www.waterworld.com/WaterWorld/en-us/index/environmental.html">environmental</a>
and social problems created by the storing and disposing of unwanted medicines
are numerous and complex. Leftover medicine may play a part in drug abuse and
accidental poisonings. Disposing of these medicines by flushing or trash
disposal contributes to <a
href="http://www.waterworld.com/WaterWorld/en-us/index/drinking-water/water-resources.html">ground
and surface water</a> contamination.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>Athens, Georgia-based Product Policy Institute (PPI) helped develop
Tuesday's resolution on unwanted medicines. The non-profit institute works with
local governments to advance comprehensive state policies focused on producer responsibility.
Reinhardt is a PPI board member.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>Last week, NACo attendees heard a presentation from PPI executive director
Dr. Bill Sheehan on a successful program in British Columbia that makes
brand-owners of pharmaceutical products sold there responsible for the safe
management of unused medicines. Over 93 percent of licensed pharmacies in this
province of 4.4 million people collect unused medications, with no fees to
consumers, and turn them over to producers.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>&quot;The cost of this program in 2008 was a mere $315,000, which was shared
by pharmaceutical companies,&quot; said Sheehan. &quot;Like Europe and Canada,
the U.S. can develop programs to cover the costs of collecting, transporting
and disposing of these medicines. It's imperative we do so.&quot;<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>Commissioner Reinhardt has written and introduced four previous NACo
resolutions on product stewardship that were readopted this year, including
ones advocating producer responsibility for paint, electronics, and
mercury-containing lamps.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>The fourth resolution supports a framework approach to Extended Producer
Responsibility. This system makes manufacturers primarily responsible for the
life cycle impacts of their products.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>The <a href="http://www.naco.org" target=blank>National Association of
Counties (NACo)</a> is the only national organization that represents county
governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential
services to the nation's 3,066 counties. NACo advances issues with a unified
voice before the federal government, improves the public's understanding of
county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions
through education and research, and provides value-added services to save
counties and taxpayers money. NACo's membership totals more than 2,000
counties, representing over 80 percent of the nation's population.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>The <a href="http://www.productpolicy.org" target=blank>Product Policy
Institute (PPI)</a> is a North American non-partisan, non-profit research,
communication and educational organization promoting policies that advance
sustainable production, consumption and good governance. Founded in 2003, PPI
works with communities and their local governments to advocate for public
policies that protect public health and safety and address climate change by
encouraging waste prevention and clean production. PPI helped local governments
establish Product Stewardship Councils in California, New York, Vermont and
Texas and is currently working in other states.<o:p></o:p></p>

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