VENTURA, Calif. - When prescription pills are not properly disposed of they end up in our landfills, our water supply, and even in the hands of children.
That's why Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson is introducing a bill that would create a statewide drug take back program.
Jackson said her bill will help address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and traces of pharmaceuticals found in drinking water.
About 305 drug take-back sites are in California, but Jackson says there needs to be more and the multi-billion dollar drug industry needs to pay for it.
"This legislation ask the multi-billion dollar drug industry to figure out a way that they can take responsibility for properly disposing of these drugs," said Jackson.
The bill will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on March 26.