U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.) Friday urged southern West Virginians to participate in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27th, when police departments across southern West Virginia will provide locations for residents to safely drop-off their expired or unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
"We know there is no single answer, not one action, nor a "silver bullet' in our fight against prescription drug abuse, but one way to truly affect this epidemic is to limit supply, and focus on the prevention of new issues," said Rahall, who is co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse. "Working in partnership with law enforcement, Drug Take-Back Day is one of the simplest, most effective, prevention measures we have on our side. In the end, our collective efforts can save lives, save medical resources, hospital beds and prison cells, broken homes and orphaned little ones. It will save commerce and all levels of government scarce resources. Yes,
Drug Take-Back Day is sponsored nationwide by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in coordination with state and local law enforcement to provide the public with a no-questions-asked opportunity to turn in expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceuticals, controlled substances, and other medications that will be safely removed from communities and destroyed. Citizens can anonymously drop off medications between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at any one of the drop-off locations in southern West Virginia.
Rahall is a strong supporter of proper medical disposal as one prong of the four-part strategy he is pursuing on prescription drug abuse -- a strategy that tracks the recommendations of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The four major areas of that strategy are: education, tracking and monitoring, proper medical disposal, and enforcement.
Rahall has supported and advocated funding for the Drug Enforcement Administration to improve and strengthen its National Take-Back Day, and recently urged the House Committee on Appropriations to maintain robust funding for the initiative.