This Saturday, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold its 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of excess prescription drugs, while also raising awareness of the opioid crisis and the potential for abuse of medications.
Since the National Take Back Day began, more than 450 tons of unused prescription drugs have been collected.
In the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans reported abusing prescription drugs and many of these people acquired these drugs from friends and family. Take Back Day gives everyone an opportunity to safely dispose of prescription drugs and help put a stop to the cycle of addiction.
As our nation continues to battle the devastating opioid crisis, it is important everyone looks for ways to be part of the solution. To find a collection location nearby and turn in unused prescription drugs, visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/.
In recent weeks, Energy and Commerce Committee members filmed public service announcements to raise awareness of the important event across their districts and are directing constituents to official take back locations.
Click to watch Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) explain the importance of Take Back Day.
Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) discusses community efforts to fight the opioid crisis and how constituents can find a Take Back Day collection location.
While this is a useful tool in the toolbox to combat the epidemic, more work remains. On Wednesday, the #FullCmte held a hearing with witnesses from the DEA, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to learn what actions these agencies have taken on their own and at the behest of Congress, as well as what more can be done.
Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) asked about how the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act is being implemented across the country.
And while Congress continues to flex its oversight muscle and work to identify potential solutions, the fight to combat the epidemic got a boost this week when President Trump formally declared it a public health emergency.
#SubEnergy Chairman Fred Upton, who helped lead passage of CARA last Congress, comments on the declaration.
This week’s activities are important steps in our shared effort to combat the opioid epidemic.
Chairman Walden attended the declaration at the White House, as he leads Congressional efforts to combat the crisis.
As Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and #SubHealth Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) said following the president’s declaration yesterday, “We stand ready to work with the administration to deliver relief for the tens-of-thousands of Americans suffering from this epidemic on a daily basis.”