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UW's Forefront backs effort to engage gun dealers and pharmacies on suicide prevention

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A University of Washington (UW)-based group is helping to craft new legislation that aims to enlist pharmacists as well as gun owners and dealers in the state's fight against suicide. Among other provisions, House Bill 2793 would create a Safe Homes Task Force to provide suicide prevention training for pharmacy schools and firearm enthusiasts.

A University of Washington (UW)-based group is helping to craft new legislation that aims to enlist pharmacists as well as gun owners and dealers in the state's fight against suicide. Among other provisions, House Bill 2793 would create a Safe Homes Task Force to provide suicide prevention training for pharmacy schools and firearm enthusiasts. With about 49% of suicide victims in Washington taking their life with a gun and 19% using prescription drugs and other substances, the goal is to coach pharmacists and firearm proponents to talk to the public about the importance of secure storage of medications and guns. Jennifer Stuber, cofounder of the UW group Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, stresses that suicide is "the nation's most preventable form of death, and we all have a role in averting it by forming partnerships and working together to raise awareness and limit access to lethal means." The Washington State Pharmacy Association and the National Rifle Association are among the legislation's backers, she says.

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