Extended Producer Responsibility Stewardship Ordinance

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The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors passed the Santa Barbara County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance in June 2016. The new ordinance requires any producer of prescription and over-the-counter drugs offered for sale in Santa Barbara County to participate in an approved drug stewardship program for collection and disposal of unwanted medications.

The ordinance requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to manage and fund a comprehensive program to collect and dispose of County residents' unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The ordinance will make it easier for residents to safely dispose of medications by providing more collection sites geographically located throughout the county. The proper disposal of medications will help reduce risks to health and the environment.

The ordinance is based on the concept of "extended producer responsibility stewardship" (EPRS) which makes the product manufacturers financially responsible for the full costs of their products (including disposal). Safe drug disposal ordinances based on the extended producer responsibility model have recently been adopted in Alameda County, the City and County of San Francisco, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and Marin County.


Extended Producer Responsibility Stewardship Ordinance

Current EPRS Plan

Santa Barbara County Timeline

Other Resources:

As per Ordinance requirements, on January 20, 2017 Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services was contacted by the Pharmaceutical Product Stewardship Work Group (PPSWG aka MED-Project, LLC)

PPSWG provided a list of Participating Producers and signed agreements of those .

  • » Background

      Pharmaceutical medications (prescription or over-the-counter) when taken as directed, allow us to maintain or improve our health. However, medications not completely consumed when they are purchased result in unwanted, or unused medications. Studies show that in the U.S. up to 33% of medications go unused annually.

      Unused medications cause harm to human and environmental health. Easy availability of unused medications leads to inadvertent misuse. Although these hazards can be reduced through removal of unwanted medications from homes, few options for safe and convenient disposal exist in most communities. As a result, the drugs are frequently left in homes, flushed down sinks or toilets or tossed in the garbage. Disposal by flushing or by tossing into the garbage have environmental consequences, particularly related to water quality.

      The Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance will address health concerns by establishing a number of collection sites, geographically and conveniently located throughout the county. The public will also be educated about proper drug disposal, the drug disposal program, and mail-back alternatives for people unable to travel.

      Which medicines are included in Santa Barbara County's Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance?

      Santa Barbara County's Ordinance includes medicines which meet the definition of a "covered drug". A "covered drug" means a drug sold in any form and used by County residents, including prescription, nonprescription, brand name, and generic drugs.

      "Covered Drug" does not include:

      • Vitamins or supplements
      • Herbal-based remedies and homeopathic drugs, products, or remedies
      • Cosmetics, shampoos, sunscreens, toothpaste, lip balm, antiperspirants, or other personal care products that are regulated as both cosmetics and nonprescription drugs under the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (Title 21 U.S.C. Chapter 9)
      • Drugs for which Producers already provide a pharmaceutical product stewardship or take-back program as part of a federal Food and Drug Administration-managed risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (Title 21 U.S.C. Sec. 355-1)
      • Drugs that are biological products as defined by 21 C.F.R. 600.3(h) as it exists on the effective date of the Ordinance if the Producer already provides a pharmaceutical product stewardship or take-back program
      • Medical devices or their component parts or accessories
  • » Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance Participants

      Program participants are defined as follows:

      • Drug Wholesaler: a person who buys Drugs for resale and distribution to corporations, individuals, or entities other than consumers.
      • Retail Pharmacy: a Pharmacy licensed by the State of California Board of Pharmacy for retail sale and dispensing of Drugs.
      • Repackager: a person who owns or operates an establishment that repacks and re-labels a product or package for further sale, or for distribution without a further transaction.
      • Producer: a Manufacturer engaged in the Manufacture of a Covered Drug sold in the County, including a brand-name or generic drug.
  • » Where do I drop off Expired Meds?
    • MED-Project – Santa Barbara County's Stewardship Organization. All Drop-Off Kiosk implementation and operations are provided by the MED-Project. Here is a link to their website where you can find more information: https://med-project.org/locations/santa-barbara/
    • Here is a current list of all Expired Medication Drop-off Kiosk Locations in our county:
      SBC Sheriff Buellton 140 West Highway 264 Buellton
      CVS Pharmacy Store 9970 218 E. Highway 246, Bldg 3 Buellton
      CVS Pharmacy Store 9235 1036 Casitas Pass Rd Carpinteria
      CVS Pharmacy Store 9156 5875 Calle Real Goleta
      CVS Pharmacy Store 9737 189 S. Turnpike Rd Goleta
      Stars Pharmacy 830 Guadalupe Street Guadalupe
      SBC Sheriff Isla Vista 6504 Trigo Road Isla Vista
      Lompoc Valley Medical Center 1515 East Ocean Avenue Lompoc
      SBC Sheriff Lompoc 3500 Harris Grade Lompoc
      SBC Public Health Pharm Lompoc 301 N R Street Lompoc
      San Ysidro Pharmacy Inc 1498 E Valley Rd Montecito
      CVS Pharmacy Store 9335 3939 State St Santa Barbara
      CVS Pharmacy Store 9392 1109 State St Santa Barbara
      CVS Pharmacy Store 9567 1835 Cliff Dr Santa Barbara
      CVS Pharmacy Store 9824 2973 State St Santa Barbara
      CVS Pharmacy Store 9860 222 W. Carrillo St Santa Barbara
      Santa Barbara Police Department 215 East Figueroa St Santa Barbara
      Medicine Shoppe No 793 3605 State St Santa Barbara
      SBC Sheriff Headquarters 4434 Calle Real Santa Barbara
      SBC Sheriff Jail 4436 Calle Real Santa Barbara
      Sansum Clinic Prescription Rx 317 W Pueblo St Santa Barbara
      SBC Public Health Pharm SB 345 Camino Del Remedio Santa Barbara
      CVS Pharmacy Store 3153 733 E. Main Santa Maria
      CVS Pharmacy Store 9394 4852 S. Bradley Rd Santa Maria
      CVS Pharmacy Store 9750 1830 North Broadway Santa Maria
      CVS Pharmacy Store 9821 2116 S. Broadway Santa Maria
      SBC Sheriff Santa Maria 812-A Foster Road Santa Maria
      La Joya Pharmacy 1115 West Main St Ste E1 Santa Maria
      Hometown LTC Pharmacy 1450 West Mc Coy Land # B Santa Maria
      SBC Public Health Pharm Santa Maria 2115 Centerpoint Parkway Santa Maria
      SBC Sheriff Solvang 1745 Mission Drive Solvang
    • Here is a link to a county map of all Kiosk locations


Contact Us:
Ric Hovsepian
Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services
Program Coordinator
Secure Meds – Extended Producer Responsibility Stewardship Program
Richard.Hovsepian@sbcphd.org (805) 681-4759