Health

2019 Legislature: Sex Education in Public Schools

Washington state law requires annual HIV/AIDS Prevention Education beginning in grade 5. Any sex health education beyond HIV/AIDS prevention is up to the individual school districts. A new bill seeks to change that. Marcus Bellissimo reports.

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Special Election Results: Cascade Medical, School Levies All Passing

Yesterday was Special Election Day, with levies on ballots across Chelan and Douglas Counties. Upper Wenatchee Valley voters said Yes to Cascades Medical Center’s EMS and Ambulance levy renewal; it’s passing by nearly 80 percent. Both levies for the Manson School District – a replacement educational programs and operations levy, and capital levy – are…

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Confluence Health Expanding Drug Take-Back Program Across NCW

If you have a prescribed pain killer that is no longer needed, it’s probably stored away in a medicine cabinet or drawer. Unused pharmaceuticals such as opioids should be discarded after there is no longer a need for them, but getting rid of them in a safe way is now a lot easier in North…

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2019 Legislature: Drug Price Transparency Bill Seeks to Lower Costs

State lawmakers are bringing a prescription drug-pricing transparency bill to the Legislature this year. Prescription drugs account for nearly a quarter of the state’s health care spending. Health professionals say it could rein in drug costs as well as health-care costs. Eric Tegethoff has more.

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