[Pharmwaste] good things come to those who organize & persist! WA Pharmaceutical Stewardship Program Launches!

margaret.shield at cehstrategies.com margaret.shield at cehstrategies.com
Mon Nov 23 00:36:07 EST 2020


Hello Pharmwaste folks, A new milestone was achieved in Washington State
this weekend with the launch of the nation's most comprehensive statewide
drug take-back program that is financed and operated by the pharmaceutical
industry.

 

See below for a news release from Washington's Department of Health which is
overseeing the approved drug take-back program.

 

My blog has more detail on this achievement, including links to resources
and policy/program details: 

https://www.cehstrategies.com/news/program-launches-was-statewide-pharmaceut
ical-stewardship-program.html 

 

There are sooooo many thank you's to share with all the individuals and
organizations who contributed and are still contributing to this effort. My
blog links to names of key WA state coalition organizations. Many people on
this listserv share in this success too. Thank you! Please know that it took
the entire village to break through barriers in the first state, smoothing
the path for growing this policy model across the nation. 

 

For my part in getting hooked into this work, I'm grateful to the vision and
dedication of Dave Galvin, who is now retired from the Local Hazardous Waste
Management Program In King County. Dave believed pharmaceutical stewardship
is the right solution and that we can make it happen if we keep at it. Dave
was, and is, right about that!

 

Stay safe and stay well!

Margaret

 

Margaret Shield, PhD

(pronouns: she/her/hers)

Community Environmental Health Strategies, LLC

Smart Science & Policy for Our Health and Environment

Seattle, WA 

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From: WA Department of Health <waDOH at public.govdelivery.com> 
Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2020 1:20 PM
Subject: News Release: Safe medication return program gets underway

 

	
 


	




 
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For immediate release: November 21, 2020  (20-225)

Contact:  <mailto:Gordon.MacCracken at DOH.WA.GOV> Gordon MacCracken,
Communications, 360-789-0041


Safe medication return program gets underway


OLYMPIA -- Today is the go-live date for Washington's
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