There shall be established by law a state board of health and a bureau of vital statistics in connection therewith, with such powers as the legislature may direct. The legislature shall enact laws to regulate the practice of medicine and surgery, and the sale of drugs and medicines. The protection of citizens from practices which may injure their health has traditionally been one of the primary activities of government. Washington governments’ strong “police powers” encompass the protection of public health (Spitzer, 2000). Accordingly, a five-member Committee for...
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