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Hudson Informs Constituents of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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April 25, 2019  
 
Hudson Informs Constituents of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), a leader in Congress on tackling the opioid crisis and author of three major pieces of legislation enacted last year to combat the crisis, released the following statement to notify constituents about the Drug Enforcement Administration’s upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, to be held on April 27, 2019:
 
“I’ve made it a top priority to combat the prescription drug and opioid epidemic facing our community,” said Rep. Hudson. “We all play a role in this, and Take Back Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness and safely get rid of unused and expired prescription drugs.”
 
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims 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. DEA Take Back Days in the past have been hugely successful, collecting hundreds of tons of prescription medications over the past few years.
 
To find a National Take Back Day collection site near you, visit takebackday.dea.gov or call Congressman Hudson's office at 704-786-1612.  
 
Background
As a leader on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the panel tasked with writing most of the nation’s health care laws, Rep. Hudson continues to be on the front lines of the committee’s work to learn more about how and why the opioid epidemic happened and what legislative solutions can be pursued.
 
Last year at the White House for a landmark bill signing, President Donald Trump thanked Rep. Hudson for his leadership in efforts to combat the opioid crisis. President Trump signed H.R. 6, a comprehensive package of bipartisan legislation which included three of Rep. Hudson’s bipartisan bills that focus on the safe and responsible packaging and disposal of unused opioids, including one that is hailed as one of “the most important opioid bills.” Because of his critical work and leadership on this issue, Rep. Hudson was the only member of Congress from the North Carolina delegation to attend the bill signing.
 
Rep. Hudson is recognized as the leader on trying to find solutions to help prevent the misuse or diversion of unused opioids by safe, accessible disposal methods. He has welcomed the president’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis and has pledged to continue working with the administration, colleagues and state and local officials.
 
He has joined “Opioids: Hidden Dangers, New Hope,” a new podcast series that provides a 360-degree view of the opioid epidemic, to discuss Congressional efforts to help our communities fight this deadly crisis. He has hosted several roundtables across the eighth district to meet with local leaders, local officials, law enforcement, health care professionals and members of our community fighting addiction and talk about ways to improve public health response efforts.
 
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