A state senator from Santa Barbara County dropped plans to try to create the nation’s first statewide drug take-back program.
Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara says she couldn’t get the support to pass the legislation this year.
Jackson’s proposal called for setting up safe permanent drop off locations at places like drug stores for surplus, and expired medications, in a program which would be paid for by the pharmaceutical industry.
It’s similar to a program which has been running in British Columbia for 15 years.
There are some existing disposal sites in the state.
But, Jackson says we need widespread locations to insure surplus medications don’t end in the hands of children, or those who would abuse them, or in wastewater because they were flushed down toilets.
She says she’ll re-introduce the legislation next year.