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Vote on LA County drug take-back proposal delayed again
Southern California Public Radio

A Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors vote on a proposal that would require drug companies to design and pay for a program to collect and dispose of unused drugs, needles, lancets and other sharps is facing its fourth postponement since its introduction last year.

Supervisor Michael Antonovich, sponsor of the pharmaceutical take-back measure, is asking the board to delay Tuesday’s scheduled vote until June 14 to provide more time for all sides to reach an agreement. The pharmaceutical industry continues to oppose the proposal.

In the meantime, Antonovich is calling for the development of “immediate options” that would give county residents an opportunity to start returning drugs and sharps right away, according to the motion he added to the supplemental agenda for Tuesday’s meeting. This interim step is necessary, the motion says, because the proposed ordinance – as currently written – would provide drug makers  at least 13 months from the date of adoption to develop a take-back plan and put it into action.