City Council committee supports countywide drug take-back program

November 28, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 28, 2012

City Council members signaled support Monday for a burgeoning effort to create a King County prescription drug take-back program.

Council Safety & Services Committee members unanimously recommended for the council to approve a resolution supporting the program to committee for further discussion.

In a unanimous decision Nov. 19, council members sent the proposed resolution to committee. The council is expected to consider the resolution again next month.

The council sent the legislation to committee less than a week after Mayor Ava Frisinger, a King County Board of Health member, joined a local forum to discuss the proposed county drug take-back program.

Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition members organized the Nov. 14 forum to discuss a countywide network of drop-off centers for leftover medications. The proposal is under consideration by the King County Board of Health.

Some pharmacies and law enforcement agencies, including the Issaquah Police Department, offer drug take-back programs, but advocates said the available programs do not meet the need.

Issaquah Community Network Executive Director Barbara de Michele applauded the council committee and asked supporters to thank the committee members — councilwomen Eileen Barber and Stacy Goodman, and Councilman Paul Winterstein.

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