State programs that collect unused drugs see big gains

01/20/2010 | Sun (Baltimore), The

About 20 states have collection programs for unused medications, and some received record donations in 2009. The programs help keep prescription drugs out of drinking water, as well as reduce their availability for young people, who could overdose on the drugs or try to sell them. Supporters of the take-back programs say funding is a barrier, and some want legislation to require pharmaceutical companies to pay for the programs.

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