In Advance of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Jackson will Safely Dispose of Her Unused Medicine

April 25, 2013

SANTA BARBARA – State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), the author of a bill requiring drug manufacturers to develop a plan for the safe disposal of unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs, will be safely disposing of her own unused medications on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, when the public is encouraged to safely dispose of medicines in their cabinets, so they aren’t abused, stolen, or result in unintentional poisoning, or tossed down the toilet, where they can adversely impact water supplies.

Jackson’s Senate Bill 727 requires drug manufacturers to develop and implement a comprehensive, statewide plan for the safe disposal of unused or partially used prescription and over-the-counter drugs that people have in their homes. While some safe drug disposal sites do exist – including one at the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department – there are only 327 such sites in the state to serve 38 million Californians.

SB 727 will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on May 1.

WHAT: State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) disposes of her unused prescription drug medication.

WHO: State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson; Janet Wolf, Santa Barbara County Supervisor; Dave Novis of the Santa Barbara County Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Problems; Leslie Robinson of Santa Barbara County Public Works; Sgt. Riley Harwood from the Santa Barbara Police Department; Linda Phillips with the League of Women Voters of California; and Gerry Ching, chair of the Los Padres chapter of the Sierra Club.

WHEN: 10 a.m., Friday, April 26

WHERE: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, 4434 Calle Real, Santa Barbara.

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.