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State Senate passes bill to ban heroin injection sites

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State Senate passes bill to ban heroin injection sites State Senate passes bill to ban heroin injection sites
OLYMPIA, Wash. -

(AP) - The Senate has passed a measure that ultimately bans safe-injection sites for heroin users in Washington state.
    
Senate Bill 5223 passed in the Republican-led Senate Thursday on a 26-23 vote and now heads to the Democratic-controlled House, where it is not expected to advance.
    
The measure would remove local authority to establish heroin injection sites.
    
State Sen. Mark Miloscia, a Republican from Federal Way, sponsored the bill after a task force last year recommended two sites to address King County's opioid crisis.

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3/2/2017 6:27:29 PM (GMT -8:00)

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