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Published on Friday, March 3, 2017

Drug take back program continues to move through the Legislature

HB 1047 requires drug manufactures to operate a drug take-back program. The bill is continuing to move through the Legislature and would require drug manufacturers that sell drugs in Washington to create and operate a program to collect and dispose of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The policy will assist in combating the growing opiate crisis. AWC supports the bill. However, there is strong opposition from drug companies about the requirement that they pay for the program. Proponents argue the cost is minimal given the negative impacts associated with improper disposal. The bill must pass the house by March 8.