McKinley Marks Drug Takeback Day By Introducing Bill to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

McKinley Bill Will Provide Funds to Increase Number of Drug Take Back Sites

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Washington, April 27, 2018 | comments
Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1), along with Congressmen Tom Marino (PA-10), David Cicilline (RI-01) and Paul Tonko (NY-20) introduced H.R. 5628, the Access to Increased Drug Disposal (AIDD) Act of 2018. This bill aims to increase participation in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Drug Takeback Day.
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Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1), along with Congressmen Tom Marino (PA-10), David Cicilline (RI-01) and Paul Tonko (NY-20) introduced H.R. 5628, the Access to Increased Drug Disposal (AIDD) Act of 2018. This bill aims to increase participation in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Drug Takeback Day.

“Drug Takeback Day has been a useful tool as we seek to curb the growing epidemic of prescription opioid abuse. Having excess and unused medicine lying around is a recipe for danger. These pills need to be safely and properly disposed of so they won’t be misused, stolen or sold,” said McKinley.

“West Virginia has 104 venues that host Drug Takeback Day events. The largest obstacle to greater participation is the high cost. This bill will create a grant opportunity for pharmacies and other proper venues to offer this service, and safely dispose of the unused opioid pills,” McKinley added.

Click here to read the full text of the AIDD Act.

Click here to read the White House’s Drug Takeback Day fact sheet.

Click here to find the nearest Drug Takeback Day Venue.

Background
The Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 gave authority to the DEA to enable pharmacies and other entities who are licensed to handle controlled substance to collect unused medication from the public, and destroy it. The U.S. Government Accountability Office found low participation among pharmacies due to high costs and confusion over compliance with federal regulations. West Virginia has one of the lowest participation rates in the nation.

The AIDD Act would address the cost of participation by creating a grant program under the Department of Justice to offset the associated costs, enabling more entities to participate in this successful program.

The AIDD Act is supported by the American Pharmacy Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association, and CVS.
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