Governing
Amid Opioid Crisis, Drug Take-Backs Gain Popularity

Like millions of people across the country, Strom Peterson has a personal connection to the opioid epidemic. The Washington state representative lost a cousin to a heroin overdose. That tragedy, he says, led him “to really dig in and see what could be done.”

My Edmonds News
Peterson-sponsored drug take-back legislation passes State Senate on a unanimous vote

The Washington Senate Tuesday passed House Bill 1047, also known as the Secure Drug Take Back Act, on a unanimous vote of 49-0. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Strom Peterson, D-Edmonds, would create a first-in-the-nation requirement for drug manufacturers to implement a secure, statewide system of collection and disposal for unused, expired and leftover medications. … READ MORE

The Spokesman-Review
Washington could ban cancer-causing chemicals used to fight fires

OLYMPIA – Local fire departments could be banned from using a group of fire-fighting chemicals that are contaminating some wells in Airway Heights and other water sources near military bases. Those chemicals last a long time, are almost indestructible under most natural situations and travel easily through the soil to get into underground water supplies, … READ MORE

My Edmonds News
State Legislature passes capital budget that includes millions for projects in 21st District

The Washington State Legislature Thursday night passed a $4.18 billion capital budget that will provide funding for several major local projects, including the new Edmonds Waterfront Center and waterfront development and the Frances Anderson Center roof project. Also on the list of projects is a new science, engineering and technology building for Edmonds Community College. … READ MORE

Q13 Fox
Environmental group leading effort to clean up Tacoma’s Commencement Bay

TACOMA — The State’s Toxic Clean up fund is running low on revenue from the tax they charge industrial polluters. While Q13 News featured the problems in areas around Commencement Bay and Tacoma, there are toxic sites in queue to be cleaned up all over the state. Thousands of sites, both big and small, remain … READ MORE

Q13 Fox
Snohomish County launches prescription pill takeback program

EDMONDS, Wash. — Snohomish County is the latest to require pharmaceutical companies to pay for a drug takeback program. On Tuesday, the county unveiled its first prescription pill dropbox inside the Edmonds Police Department. In the coming weeks they plan to open more than 25 dropboxes across the county. Many of them will be at … READ MORE

Edmonds Beacon
37 opioid overdoses within seven days, including in Edmonds

We’ve all heard horror stories about opioid abuse. Here’s a new one. The Snohomish Health District reports that there were 37 opioid overdoses within one seven-day period, including one in Edmonds. The district reached out to first responders, …

My Edmonds News
Commentary: Wasted opportunity will hurt Washington’s kids, infrastructure and economy

This is the first time in state history that lawmakers failed to pass a capital budget. The capital budget, sometimes known as the construction budget, creates tens of thousands of jobs across the state by investing in community construction projects. These resources build schools, colleges, state parks, dental clinics, and make improvements to our mental … READ MORE

HeraldNet
Commentary: Statewide drug take-back program can save lives

By Strom Peterson If you walked into your bathroom right now and opened your medicine cabinet, what would you find? If you are anything like me, you probably have some over-the-counter cold medicine, leftover pills from last year’s allergy season or maybe an array of vitamins. For many Washingtonians, there is also a mix of … READ MORE