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June 5, 2014 at 6:14 AM

More than 100 people used lethal prescriptions under state’s Death with Dignity law

OLYMPIA (AP) — More than 100 people died in Washington last year after requesting and taking a lethal prescription through Washington’s Death with Dignity law, the state’s Department of Health reported Wednesday. Officials said that 173 people requested and received lethal doses of medication in 2013, a 43 percent increase from the year before. Of those…

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April 9, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Deputy arrested New Year’s Eve had prescription drugs in system, police say

An on-duty King County sheriff’s deputy who was arrested in Newcastle on New Year’s Eve after he was found asleep in his patrol car had prescription drugs in his system, according to the Bellevue Police Department. The case against the deputy, who was arrested on investigation of physical control of a motor vehicle, the legal…

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June 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Board of Health wants drug companies to fund disposal program

The King County Board of Health may take action next week to enact a proposal to require drug companies whose medications are used in King County to finance and provide a secure medicine-return system. The proposed program would be the second such system in the country. It would affect manufacturers of both prescription and over-the-counter drugs for residential use,…

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