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Alameda County wants drug makers to pay for pill disposal

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votingBoard of Supervisors pass the Alameda County Medical Waste Disposal Ordinance by a vote of 5-0.

Pharmaceutical companies selling drugs in parts of the San Francisco Bay area would be required to submit plans for incinerating or safely disposing of unused medication under a plan advanced by county officials this week.

The measure, billed by supporters as the first of its kind in the United States, is designed to force pharmaceutical companies to bear the cost of collecting and safely discarding unused prescription drugs that might otherwise foul waterways or fall into the hands of substance abusers.

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