This year Clean Water Action is co-sponsoring SB 1014 (Jackson) which will require drug manufacturers to implement convenient programs for California consumers to dispose of unused or out of date medications safely.
Environmental and public health risks of unused medications
We are fortunate to live at a time when medical advances, including the development of antibiotics and other types of drugs, have enhanced and lengthened human life. Unused medications, however, pose some risks to human health and the environment that are not widely recognized. When they get into the wrong hands, unused medications can lead to drug abuse and accidental poisonings. Pharmaceuticals are also ending up in our waterways, including drinking water sources.