Teleosis Institute helped launch the Alameda County Medication Disposal Initiative, in partnership with Supervisor Nate Miley and the Alameda County Senior Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Workgroup. This initiative aimed to develop safe, convenient and environmentally responsible medicine disposal sites throughout Alameda County.
The SafeMEDS Workgroup hosted the two Alameda County Medication Disposal Conferences and developed legislation that became law in Alameda County Safe Medicine Disposal Ordinance in 2012. As of May 1st, 2014, the ordinance went into effect, making it the first product stewardship law for pharmaceutical waste in the United States.
The Alameda County Safe Medication Disposal Initiative Assessment
Teleosis Institute offers the following recommendations:
Read the Full Report: The Alameda County Safe Medication Disposal Assessment (high resolution)
Unused, expired, and leftover medications in the U.S. are becoming an incredible concern for patient safety and public health. The Teleosis Institute’s Green Pharmacy Program offers a variety of educational programs, services, and resources for reducing unused pharmaceuticals from accumulating in homes and polluting our environment.
Our research explores the nature of unused and unwanted pharmaceuticals accumulation in homes. The research evaluates current strategies to reduce pharmaceutical pollution and seeks to create new models of pharmaceutical take-back programs.
Teleosis Institute consultants help communities develop safe and convenient disposal programs for unused medications. We help build coalitions and working relationships with primary stakeholders involved in pharmaceutical disposal.
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Learn about the environmental impacts of drugs in our water and ways you can help prevent pharmaceutical pollution. Share our educational materials with colleagues, friends, family, and your health provider.