Bloomberg Law
Sept. 1, 2018, 11:35 AM

Drug, Needle Take-Back Bill Approved by California Lawmakers

Joyce E. Cutler
Joyce E. Cutler
Staff Correspondent

Drug stores in California, including Walgreens and CVS Health, and hospitals would have to run and fund programs to take back unused drugs and used needles under a bill heading to the governor.

Senate Bill 212 would create a statewide drug take-back program and the nation’s first safe sharps disposal and collection program. The bill targets the unused medicines that get thrown into the trash or toilet.

S.B. 212 is “frankly is a fairly groundbreaking piece of legislation,” co-author Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) told senators.

The bill Aug. 31 passed the Assembly, and the Senate unanimously concurred in amendments hours ...