A couple of years ago, while helping a friend with an errand, I wound up near East Somerset Street in Philadelphia's Kensington section. I was approached by no less than five people offering to sell me heroin, crack cocaine, and an assortment of prescription drugs. There was an end-times feel, like I had walked into a Philly redux version of Mad Max.
Alameda County recently passed an ordinance that requires pharmaceutical companies to develop, manage and pay for a new local drug take-back program. There's good reason to believe very few people will participate in this program. It is also likely to result in higher drug prices and will produce few environmental benefits.