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Secure Drug Take-Back Act Becomes Law

Friday, March 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Janet Anderson
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Secure Drug Take-Back Act Becomes Law

Program will expand drug take-back services to help address the opioid crisis


OLYMPIA, WA— At a 3 pm ceremony on Thursday afternoon, Governor Inslee signed House Bill 1047 into law, creating the nation’s first statewide, comprehensive drug take-back program to be financed and provided by pharmaceutical manufacturers that sell drugs in Washington state. Championed by Representative Strom Peterson, D- Edmonds, the Secure Drug Take-Back Act will make it easier for residents to safely dispose of leftover medicines and ensure that communities across the state have access to safe drug take-back options.


The Secure Drug Take-Back Act focuses on prevention, seeking to shut down the “drug dealer” in the home medicine cabinet that is a common starting place for medicine misuse and addiction. A majority of people who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from family and friends. In Washington state, overdose deaths have surpassed car accidents as the most common cause of accidental death. According to the Washington State Department of Health, of the almost 700 opioid overdose deaths in 2016, over 400 were attributed to prescription opioids. 


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