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Drug Take-Back Program 2020

Adopted rule

Administrative Order No. DEQ-18-2020
Filed and effective: Sept. 21, 2020
See Oregon Bulletin, October 2020

The Oregon legislature adopted HB 3273 (2019) establishing a drug take-back program in Oregon and requiring DEQ to adopt rules for that program. This program is a statewide product stewardship program for safely disposing of unused medications. DEQ expects to complete this rulemaking by the fall of 2020.

​​​​DEQ is preparing rules to support the drug take-back program the legislature created in HB 3273 (2019). DEQ appointed an advisory committee to assist in the rulemaking. The committee will help DEQ evaluate possible policies, rule language, and the rules' fiscal impact.

​Meeting 2 - Apr. 28, 2020, Online only

Meeting 1 - ​March 24, 2020

Advisory committee meetings are open to the public. The public may attend the meeting, but the committee has discretion whether to allow the public to participate in the meeting. The public will be able to comment on the proposed rule changes during the public notice and comment period later in the rulemaking. DEQ publishes meeting notices on 

Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ, Portland, at 503-229-5696 or call toll-free in Oregon at 1-800-452-4011, ext. 5696; fax to 503-229-6762; or email to​. Hearing impaired persons may call 711.

Public involvement

The public comment period for this rulemaking closed at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020.

For more information, see the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Draft Rules. Includes the notice, proposed rules and any supporting documents

Public Hearing
A public hearing was held on July 15, 2020.

EQC action

The Environmental Quality Commission adopted these rules at its meeting on Sept. 17, 2020.