Roe to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
JOHNSON CITY, TENN. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) announced he will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at the Johnson City Police Department. The Congressman released the following statement:
“East Tennessee has been hit especially hard by the opioid epidemic ravaging our nation. Studies show that a majority of misused prescription drugs actually came from family or friends, so encouraging the disposal of unwanted or unneeded prescription medication is critical to getting a handle on this problem. While opioid deaths decreased overall nationally in 2018, Tennessee actually saw an increase to 1,856 deaths. This is unfortunate and avoidable, and National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is an important way to help address this serious public health crisis. I look forward to participating this Saturday.”
Please contact Whitley Alexander in Congressman Roe's office at 202-225-6356 orWhitley.Alexander@mail.house.gov with questions or to confirm attendance.
Note: In March 2018, Representatives Roe and Ami Bera, M.D. (D-Calif.) wrote a bipartisan letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations to request that the DEA, Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) make grants to eligible entities to expand or make available disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications. Roe and Bera sponsored legislation to encourage take-back programs.
Last Congress, Congressman Roe was a proud cosponsor of H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, which passed the House on June 22, 2018, by a vote of 396 to 14. This legislation was a comprehensive bill authorizing new resources to fight against the opioid epidemic. Earlier this week, Congressman Roe participated in a roundtable with First Lady Melania Trump and other Trump administration officials to discuss the implementation of this legislation as well as what additional resources are needed in the fight. Congressman Roe also supported Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations that provided $6.7 billion to combat the opioid epidemic. Tennessee was awarded over $18 million in grant funding to help curb this crisis in September.
Constituents interested in participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day should visithttps://takebackday.dea.gov/ for more information on drop off locations near you.