Introduced in January 2017, HB 1047 would "establish a safe and secure method for collection and disposal of medicines through a drug "take-back" program operated and funded by drug manufacturers."
There is currently no federal legislation regulating the management of medicine at the end of life, but a number of states have passed and attempted to pass legislation.
At its October 2016 annual meeting, the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) adopted a resolution supporting medication return programs:
RESOLVED, that the WSMA support legislation to create a convenient, safe, secure, environmentally sound and sustainable product stewardship program for the collection, transportation...
On June 20, 2013, the King County Board of Health took a significant step towards reducing preventable deaths from drug overdoses by passing a Rule & Regulation to create a drug take-back system for King County residents. The program promotes the safe disposal of unused prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and will be funded and operated by the drug manufacturers who produce the medications....
SB 727 would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to create and manage a stewardship program.
A Resolution of the City of Seattle, December 2012.
In July 2012, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance, the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance(PDF), requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to create and fund a program to collect and properly dispose of leftover drugs they manufacture. This ordinance is the first of its kind in the nation. Alameda County also held a series of...
A Resolution of the Lewis County Board of County Commissioners (PDF), January 2010
A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Issaquah (PDF), Washington, January 2010.