Sending Office: Honorable Harold Rogers
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DEA’s Capitol Hill Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
10:00:00 AM – 1:00:00 PM
Rayburn Foyer

Dear Colleague,

Tragically, more than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017. The sharpest increase occurred among deaths related to synthetic opioids with over 30,000 overdose deaths. Not only has the total number of opioid pain relievers prescribed in the United
States skyrocketed in the past 25 years, but recent studies have shown that over half of chronic prescription drug abusers (53.7 percent) received the pills from friends or family. Prescription drugs that are retained in homes, particularly ones in which children
are present, are highly susceptible to abuse. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Pharmaceutical Drug Take-Back Day is therefore an important component of our response to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the United States.

Since September 2010, DEA has partnered with thousands of national, tribal and community law enforcement entities to help Americans safely dispose of expired, unneeded, or unwanted prescription medications. As part of that effort, DEA has hosted 15 National
Prescription Drug Take-Back events across the country. DEA will continue this great work by sponsoring two events.

The first, a Capitol Hill Take-Back Day, will be held on
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the
Rayburn Foyer. DEA agents will be on hand to take custody of any unused prescription medication Members and staff wish to return. The last Federal Agency Pharmaceutical Take Back event was held on April 25, 2018 and the last National Take Back
event was held on April 28, 2018. During those events, the effort across the nation resulted in the collection of a record amount of 474 tons of pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for safe and proper disposal.

As Congress works to combat the opioid epidemic that plagues our nation and endangers the lives and welfare of our neighbors, children, and families, we hope you will participate in this event both by disposing of unwanted medications and also by spreading
awareness among your constituents about take-back opportunities that will be available in their communities later in the week.

The second event, on October 27, 2018, DEA will sponsor its 16th
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Last fall Americans turned in 474 tons (949,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,700 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall,
in its 15 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills.

This event addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental
poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards. As a reminder,
the DEA cannot accept any liquids, needles or sharps.

To receive more information about this event, please contact Tony Angeli with Chairman Goodlatte’s staff, at, or Alex Pinson with Chairman Rogers’ staff, at

You may also visit the DEA website at
, to find a sample press release and other resources to help boost awareness in your communities.

Thank you for your interest in this important issue.


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