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Support safe medicine return

I am writing to ask those who have expired or unwanted medications in their homes, and who know that they should not be flushed and are also not safe in the garbage, to immediately contact our state legislators and voice your support for the Safe Medicine Return Act, which is House Bill 1165 and Senate Bill 5279.

Those of you in the medical field, EMTs, law enforcement, hospice, chemical dependency counselors, senior services, families who have had a loved one pass leaving bags of dangerous drugs, please call too. You are all aware of the accidental poisonings of children and seniors, the addiction and potential for diversion and crime, resulting from drugs that are unneeded but remain in the home.

This bill will provide us with a safe, secure disposal system for these drugs that are not only dangerous to keep in our homes but also harmful to the environment if not handled properly.

The Safe Medicine Return Act would require drug companies to provide collection service as they decide best, whether through mail- back, pharmacy drop off, working with law enforcement or other means, under the watchful eye of the Washington Board of Pharmacy.

Please contact our legislators immediately and help get this logical, secure system put in place. It is easy. Call the toll-free legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and tell them you want your legislators to know you support the Safe Medicine Return bill 1165 and 5279. Please visit www.medicinereturn.com.

Sego Jackson


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