By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs
I participated on a conference call this week regarding the disposal of unwanted pharmaceuticals or drug take-back.
Rep. Strom Peterson, D -Edmonds, is the prime sponsor of House Bill 1047 that would create a statewide drug take-back program funded by the drug manufacturers. The bill would also pre-empt local governments from adopting other similar programs. HB 1047 is modeled after several county ordinances. Many advocates would prefer to have a statewide standard program rather than a county-by-county piecemeal approach.
Concerns over suicide prevention, poison control, opioid abuse, accidental overdoses, and drugs in the environment have all contributed to the interest in working on a solution. Also, several pharmacies are actively rolling out drug disposal programs on their own.
HB 1047 is expected to be in play early in the 2018 Session that begins January 8 and is scheduled for 60 days.