Fitzpatrick Urges Participation in Prescription Drug Takeback Program
LANGHORNE, PA - Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), a certified emergency medical technician and vice-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, is urging Bucks County residents to help safely dispose of unused and expired prescription medicines to help keep them out of the wrong hands.
On Saturday, October 28 from 10am to 2pm individuals can drop off items at locations around the county – a complete list can be found at: Fitzpatrick.house.gov/prescription-drop-boxes
“Nearly 70% of people who abuse prescription pain relievers get them from their friends or family. As our community continues to grapple with the devastating effects of the opioid epidemic, it is crucial we take every step possible to stop prescription medication from falling into the wrong hands,” said Fitzpatrick. “Bucks Co. has collected roughly 40 tons of unused medications – the most in Pennsylvania. I’m proud that local government, law enforcement and community leaders in our county continue to step up to provide this service and do their part to combat the drug abuse crisis.”
Fitzpatrick is the author of several pieces of bipartisan legislation aimed at combating the opioid and drug abuse epidemic, including:
- Road to Recovery Act [H.R. 2938] - legislation eliminating the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion for substance use disorder and help states expand access to inpatient treatment for Medicaid enrollees.
- INTERDICT Act [H.R. 2142] – legislation which would provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) the latest in chemical screening devices and scientific support to detect and intercept fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.
- Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Protection (STOP) Act [H.R. 1057] – legislation designed to help stop dangerous drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from being shipped through our borders to drug traffickers here in the United States.