12
Feb

Secure Drug Take-Back Act Passes

Secure Drug Take-Back Act Passes in Washington House Bill would be first of its kind in the nation Last week Friday, the Washington House approved new secure medicine return legislation with an 86-12 bipartisan vote. The law (ESHB 1047) requires drug manufacturers to finance and coordinate a convenient and secure take-back system for unused medicines. When the program is launched,

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5
Feb

Public Health Bills Moving Forward

It was a flurry of activity the first few weeks and there are a number of bills moving forward of interest to WSALPHO.  Of particular note are issues relating to on-site sewage systems (OSS), Tobacco 21, and opiates – all priorities for WSALPHO.  HB 1476: on-site sewage systems This bill was voted off the House floor on Thursday and assigned

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29
Jan

Why Funding Local Group B Programs is Important

Group B Water systems are small systems designed to provide drinking water to small businesses and communities across the state.  These systems (those defined at 15 or fewer connections and fewer than 25 people served) are really important for rural development where larger public utilities do not provide service. The Department of Health (DOH) and local health jurisdictions (LHJs) share

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29
Jan

Public Health Update

State funding for local Group B Water Programs is in jeopardy and a supplemental budget request was made by the Department of Health (DOH).  DOH has provided funding for local Group B water programs for the last year.  This funding helped LHJs in NE Tri, Okanogan, Lincoln, Grant, Klickitat, and Grays Harbor establish their own programs. Funding was also provided

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