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File #: 2021-0181    Version: 1
Type: Motion Status: Passed
File created: 4/27/2021 In control: Community, Health and Housing Services Committee
On agenda: Final action: 5/25/2021
Enactment date: Enactment #: 15883
Title: A MOTION relating to secure medicine return in King County and a one-week council communications campaign to increase awareness about the availability of the secure medicine return mail back program.
Sponsors: Reagan Dunn
Indexes: Campaign, Council
Attachments: 1. Motion 15883, 2. 2021-0181_SR_SecureMedReturn
Staff: Porter, Samantha
Drafter
Clerk 04/26/2021
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A MOTION relating to secure medicine return in King County and a one-week council communications campaign to increase awareness about the availability of the secure medicine return mail back program.
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WHEREAS, in June 2013 the King County board of health passed Rule and Regulation BOH 13-03 establishing permanent secure medicine return program in an effort to protect and preserve the public health of King County residents by getting excess prescription opioids and other medications out of the household so they cannot be misused, and
WHEREAS, King County partners including the hazardous waste management program, the department of community and human services, public health - Seattle & King County and the Washington Poison Center collaborated on the "Don't Hang on to Meds" campaign, and
WHEREAS, since 2013, King County has exceeded the number of required take-back locations than required by law, and
WHEREAS, as a result, there are one hundred ninety-four free and confidential medicine return drop-box locations available in King County that accept unwanted medicines from households in easily accessible locations such as participating retail and in-store pharmacies, clinic and hospital pharmacies and law enforcement offices, and
WHEREAS, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and eighty studies on the topic, social isolation and loneliness, such as that caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 ("COVID-19") pandemic, significantly increase the risk of depression and anxiety in previously healthy children and adolescents, and
WHEREAS, a 2014 study done by the University of Southern California of four hundred seventy-six adolescents, with the mean age of fourteen years old, concluded that depression levels directly associated with an increased likelihood of a lifetime use of inhalants, prescription pain killers and many other substances, and
WHEREAS, in a study conducted by the Cente...

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