U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) encouraged West Virginians today to turn in any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to locations across the state to participate in the fourth National Drug Take Back Day.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled another National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This opportunity can reduce the risk of prescription drug abuse, and increase awareness of this critical public health issue.
"Drug abuse is devastating to communities across West Virginia, whether it's preventing employers from being able to hire or tearing families apart," Senator Manchin said. "Participating in opportunities like Drug Take Back Day brings folks together from all sides of this epidemic problem--treatment, education, law enforcement, and prevention--to work towards fighting against drug abuse. These events not only help combat drug abuse by providing an opportunity to safely dispose of these medications, but they spread awareness of this critical issue. It is important to work together so that West Virginia can have strong, drug-free communities."
Collection sites offer anonymous drop-offs and no questions are asked. To view a full list of drop-off site locations, click here.
Senator Manchin has fought for many legislative initiatives to reduce the prevalence of drug abuse in West Virginia and across the nation, including:
The Pill Mill Crackdown Act: Senator Manchin has introduced S. 1760, the Pill Mill Crackdown Act, with Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). The bill would increase penalties for pill mill operators, put some of the seized assets from pill mills toward Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, and make drugs containing hydrocodone more difficult to obtain illegitimately.
Expanding High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA): The Office of National Drug Control Policy's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program provides funds to local law enforcement agencies located in counties in drug-trafficking regions. There are 11 counties in West Virginia currently designated as HIDTAs, and Senator Manchin is working with regional authorities to get more areas accepted into the program.
Funding for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS): Senator Manchin has supported funding for COPS programs to provide local police departments with federal grant money. The program helps to advance community policing in many areas where funding is needed to help combat drug abuse.
Funding for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG): Senator Manchin supports funding for the Byrne JAG program, which provides state and local governments with critical resources necessary to support various law enforcement efforts and drug treatment initiatives.
Support for Drug Free Communities: Senator Manchin has supported funding for Drug Free Communities, which provides grants to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent substance abuse in youth.
Support for National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month: Senator Manchin is a cosponsor of S.Res.261, which designated October 2011 as National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month. The resolution passed the Senate on September 23, 2011.