It’s no secret that doctors and pharmacists played a large role in the prescription opioid crisis that has been raging in the United States for over a decade. So it stands to reason that the doctors and pharmacists have a responsibility to help correct the problem.
In Massachusetts, a state which has witnessed firsthand the effects of the opioid crisis in America, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told a group of physicians and pharmacists that their assistance to law enforcement is crucial for curbing prescription opioid and heroin abuse, the Associated Press reports. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey were also in attendance.
On Friday, at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Lynch credited the state’s medical community and commended the efforts of the Department of Justice in the fight against opioid abuse, according to the article. Lynch stated:
“I applaud you for leading a truly comprehensive campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth – and I want you to know that the Department of Justice and the entire Obama Administration, is standing with you in this fight. Through the tireless efforts of our Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – under the leadership of Acting Administrator [Chuck] Rosenberg – we are making major strides on all four of the action areas identified in the White House Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan, which President Obama discussed in his weekly address just a few days ago: enforcement, disposal, monitoring and education.”
Lynch also spoke on the value of safely disposing of unused or unwanted prescription narcotics. She points out that opioid addiction often originated inside the family medicine cabinet.
“We also know, as you do, that opioid addiction often begins not with a law-breaking doctor, but with a family medicine cabinet. That’s why we are working to ensure that unused, unwanted and expired medications are responsibly discarded and taken out of circulation. In the last five years, the DEA has held ten National Take Back Days – most recently this past Saturday – when the public is encouraged to bring excess prescription drugs to thousands of designated sites across the country for safe and secure disposal.”
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