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State Rep. Adam Schwadron (R-St. Charles) speaks on the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on March 7, 2022 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

Bipartisan bill aims to increase education in suicide awareness for Missouri’s licensed pharmacists

State Rep. Adam Schwadron (R-St. Charles) speaks on the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on March 7, 2022 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

Bipartisan legislation that would require the Missouri Board of Pharmacy to recommend two hours of continuing education in suicide awareness and prevention for all licensed pharmacists will be heard Monday morning by a Missouri House committee in Jefferson City.

State Rep. Adam Schwadron (R-St. Charles) will testify today about his proposed Tricia Leann Tharp Act, which is House Bill 1644. It’s two pages. Representative Schwadron tells 939 the Eagle that Ms. Tharp took her own life at the age of 31. Tharp’s father is pharmacist Dr. Patrick Tharp, who founded Pharmacists Preventing Suicides Incorporated, a not-for-profit based in St. Charles. Dr. Tharp died in 2017.

Schwadron notes State Rep. Wiley Price (D-St. Louis) has filed the bill previously, noting Dr. Tharp lived in his district.

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