Message from State Rep. Steve Knight, (R-Antelope Valley):
The Opioid Crisis is a severe and growing problem. On average, 174 people in America every day die from an overdose or addiction-related complication. This is completely unacceptable. In order to combat this national challenge, we must approach this issue from all angles.
One of our biggest challenges on this front is the widespread proliferation of opioids, painkillers, and prescription drugs prone to addiction. While many people need these medications to treat ailments and post-operation pain, it’s important that these drugs are handled responsibly and only by those they have been prescribed to. Otherwise, they can fall into the wrong hands and lead a person down the path of addiction. This is why the Drug Enforcement Agency is hosting National Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 28.
This is an opportunity for people to safely turn in and dispose of unneeded prescription drugs.
To find a collection site near you, visit takebackday.dea.gov.
If you or someone you know has excess prescription drugs or opioids, I strongly urge you to participate. In addition, share this information with your friends and neighbors to spread the news.
The Opioid Crisis has already taken the lives of too many of our loved ones. Solving this challenge will require a nation-wide effort with help from everyone in the community. Thank you very much for your time and participation in this important initiative.
Member of Congress