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Published on Friday, February 2, 2018

Prescription drug take-back bill poised for action in the House

A major milestone may be close at hand for the long-running effort to start a producer-funded medication take-back program in the state. Such a program has the potential to reduce the availability and abuse of unused prescription opioids as patients will have a new option to safely dispose of excess or unneeded medications.

We have been told for over a week that the House is close to bringing the bill (HB 1047) up for a vote, and behind the scenes negotiations between Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds) and the pharmaceutical industry may be bearing fruit.

Now would be a good time to contact your House members and urge their support of this bill. If there is no agreement with the pharmaceutical industry, this will be a very close vote. Your calls could make a real difference.

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