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Statewide drug take-back signed into law

 


Gov. Jay Inslee last week signed into law House Bill 1047, also known as the Secure Drug Take-Back Act.

The bill is a big victory for Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds), its sponsor. It creates the nation’s first statewide drug take-back program to be implemented and paid for by pharmaceutical manufacturers that sell drugs in Washington state.

Under the new law, Washington will be the first state in the nation with a statewide system for drug collection and disposal fully implemented and financed by pharmaceutical manufacturers. The estimated cost to pharmaceutical companies is 0.1 percent...



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