Public Health Bills Roundup

1047 – Medication disposal system.  This bill establishes a drug take-back program for the safe and secure collection and disposal of unwanted medications, funded by drug manufacturing companies.  Take-back programs require Department of Health approval.  Program sunsets in 2029. An amended bill was passed out of the House, yeas, 86; nays, 12 and passed unanimously out of the Senate, yeas,

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Public Health Update – Week 6

Drug Take-Back Program Still alive this session is one of WSALPHO’s top priority bills.  SHB 1047 protects the public’s health by creating a system for safe and secure collection and disposal of unwanted medications. Almost identical to local programs already in place in Snohomish and King counties, the bill requires manufacturers that sell drugs in the state to operate a Drug

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Week 3 Public Health Update

The second week of session was full of activity on opiates. The Governor held a news briefing on Monday, outlining his strategy and legislation (HB 2489 and SB 6150) for addressing the opiate crisis. His proposal has similarities to the Attorney General but provides additional emphasis on treatment and prevention strategies. WSALPHO, like other healthcare and public health agencies, supports

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Public Health Week 1 Recap

The first week of session was full of public health activity. On Tuesday, WSALPHO Managing Director Jaime Bodden and Secretary of Health John Weisman spoke on federal public health funding issues and foundational public health services at the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee.  The presentation focused on probable cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Funds and the impacts

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