Hudson's Ideas to Safely Dispose of Opioids Gain Support

March 1, 2018  
Hudson’s Ideas to Safely Dispose of Opioids Gain Support
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of his ongoing effort to combat the opioid crisis, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) questioned Susan Gibson, the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Diversion Control Division at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and spoke of his work to find common sense solutions to safely dispose of unused opioids at yesterday’s Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing reviewing eight legislative proposals pertaining to the Controlled Substances Act. This is part of the committee's ongoing efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
“As you know, the opioid epidemic is arguably one of the worst public health crises we’ve ever faced in this country,” said Rep. Hudson.“In North Carolina, we have four of the top twenty-five worst cities for abuse in the country, including Fayetteville, North Carolina, in my district. I don’t believe there’s one silver-bullet solution, but I have honed in on one area that I do believe we can make a big difference. And that’s the proper disposal of opioids.”
To watch Rep. Hudson’s full remarks, click here.
In addition, today, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden delivered keynote remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as part of a forum examining solutions to combat the opioid crisis, and gave a summary of yesterday’s hearing examining ways to improve patient safety and bolster enforcement tools.
Chairman Walden also highlighted Rep. Hudson’s idea to study new and innovative technologies that claim to have the capability to safely dispose of opioids and other medications, saying, “Frankly, making it easier to dispose of opioids is just a commonsense idea, and Rep. Richard Hudson is taking opioid disposal another step further. His legislation would require the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study new and innovative technologies that claim to be able to safely dispose of opioids and other unused medications. GAO would review and detail the effectiveness of these disposal methods. This bill would also necessitate the Attorney General to promulgate guidelines for the safe site-of-use in-home disposal of prescription drugs.”
As a leader on the Energy and Commerce Committee, 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. On February 15, 2018, he introduced the Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act (H.R. 5041), a bipartisan response to the opioid crisis that will help prevent the misuse or diversion of unused medications by equipping hospice professionals with the legal authority to safely dispose of unused drugs after a hospice patient’s death.
Last October, Rep. Hudson shared local stories and highlighted potential legislative solutions, saying, “One idea I’m working on is expanding access to safe ways to dispose of prescription drugs, particularly opioids. DisposeRX is a company in my district that manufactures a powder that mixes with water inside the pill bottle and renders any unused opioids not only inaccessible and inextricable, but also bio-degradable. It’s innovative ideas like this that we need to explore and I look forward to working with colleagues on the Committee to help treat and prevent this opioid addiction.”
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 White House’s announcement to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency last October.
Last Congress, Rep. Hudson helped the committee lead two major initiatives being signed into law that provide critical resources for combating the crisis. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act includes 11 committee bills which ranged from additional resources to combat the epidemic to establishing an inter-agency task force to review, modify and update best practices for pain management and how it is prescribed. In September 2017, HHS released $144.1 million, largely through CARA to help prevent and treat opioid addiction. The21st Century Cures Act provides $1 billion in state grants to be applied to the fight on the front lines. To learn more, click here.
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