Republican AGs Support National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Republican attorneys general across the country are working with law enforcement and local communities to combat the opioid crisis. This weekend, many AGs participated in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an effort led by the Drug Enforcement Administration to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

In the News:

Times Daily - Alabama

“As a prosecutor for 16 years, too often I have witnessed the tragic results caused by the availability of dangerous controlled substances,” (Alabama Attorney General Steve) Marshall said. “When prescription drugs are left in our homes, children and teenagers may be poisoned, or fall prey to drug abuse and addiction. Your old medications can be a lure to criminals looking for drugs to use or sell.”

The Mena Star - Arkansas

“These numbers are staggering and should be a wakeup call to us all,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “It is important for Arkansans to know that oftentimes teens first use prescription pain killers by stealing the pills right from a family member’s medicine cabinet. By cleaning out our medicine cabinets and turning the expired and unused medications over to law enforcement during a prescription drug take back event, lives can be saved.”

Santanvalley.com - Arizona

 “Most teens and adults who abuse prescription drugs get them from a friend or family member’s medicine cabinet,” said (Arizona) Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “We all need to get rid of prescription drugs when they are no longer needed because it could save a life.”

My Florida Legal - Florida

“Addicts will often rummage through a relative's medicine cabinet in search of a quick high—sadly, this can be deadly. That is why it is important to get rid of your nonessential or outdated prescription drugs. Please take five minutes to review the contents of your medicine cabinet, and if you locate any unwanted medicine, take it to the nearest Drug Take Back location. This simple task could save a life,” said (Florida) Attorney General (Pam) Bondi.

KMUW - Kansas

“Getting these leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets and safely destroyed keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer, ” (Kansas Attorney General Derek) Schmidt said.

WZZM - Michigan

“The opioid problem continues to be an epidemic across the county and the unfortunate truth is that many who abuse prescription drugs often start with medicine found in a medicine cabinet of a friend or family member,” said (Michigan Attorney General Bill) Schuette. “This take back initiative is a simple way to give residents a safe wand worry free disposal site for medication.”

Department of Justice - Montana

“National Take-Back Day is a great reminder for all of us to safely and responsibly dispose of our unused, expired or unwanted prescription pills and patches,” said Montana Attorney General Tim Fox. “Keeping those items in the medicine cabinet offers no benefit, and can endanger the well-being of our loved ones who may accidentally ingest them, or who may have a substance abuse issue.”

Minot Daily News - North Dakota

“One pill at a time, North Dakotans are helping to keep dangerous drugs off the streets and out of our landfills. The extent of community support for this program has been phenomenal,” said (North Dakota Attorney General Wayne) Stenehjem in a press release.

Peak of Ohio - Ohio

"Everyone who participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be playing a very important role in the fight against opioid addiction," said (Ohio) Attorney General (Mike) DeWine. "The act of properly disposing of unneeded medications is a simple way that you can help prevent misuse and abuse."

Fox 25 - Oklahoma

“Many times addiction starts in the home with the availability of opioids or other prescriptions that are forgotten about,” (Oklahoma Attorney General Mike) Hunter said. “With convenient drop off locations around the state, I am encouraging Oklahomans to rid their homes of old medication and keep it out of the hands of loved ones and children who are some of the most vulnerable.”

St. George News – Utah

“No community is immune. Addiction touches rural and urban areas, uptown or downtown neighborhoods alike. And whether we realize it or not, our medicine cabinets may be where they are looking next or where they may have already been,” he added. “By teaming up on Take Back Day with partners like the DEA, AARP, and businesses and citizens across our state, we will recover hundreds, if not thousands of pounds of prescription drugs.”  - Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes

West Virginia Record – West Virginia

“Our office is committed to fighting opioid abuse, and we are pleased to once again join this national effort to help rid our state of unwanted prescriptions and unused over-the-counter medication,” (West Virginia Attorney General Patrick) Morrisey said in a statement. “Safely disposing of medication is an important way that we can keep drugs out of the wrong hands.”

WDEZ - Wisconsin

(Wisconsin Attorney General Brad) Schimel says the drug take back days, so far, have been a huge success all throughout Wisconsin. "In the 2 years we've been doing it, we've collected over 207,000 pounds of medications that weren't being used anymore. That's almost 12 semi trucks full. Last year in April, we collected over 64,000. Last year in October, we collected over 59,000. We're number 2 in the nation for this. That's great news. Wisconsinites are getting it," he said.

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