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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Representing the 10th District of Virginia


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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock Participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

April 29, 2017
Press Release

Sterling, VA – Congresswoman Barbara Comstock released the following statement after she and her staff participated in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement. The Congresswoman attended events in Chantilly and Sterling.  Staff attended events in Purcellville, Leesburg, Winchester, Manassas, and Middleburg:

“Thanks to all who participated in The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the DEA and local law enforcement.  This is a concerted effort to minimize the amount of leftover prescription medication in homes so the drugs cannot be abused.  Since 2013, drug overdoses have been the number one cause of unnatural death in the Commonwealth with an overwhelming majority tied to opioid addiction.  I will continue to work with my federal, state and local colleagues to advance initiatives to address the battle against addition.  I have served on The Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, as well as our Heroin Operations Team in Northern Virginia.  Earlier this week, I attended a roundtable held by Governor Chris Christie for The White House Commission to Combat Drug Addiction. Some of the issues we discussed included the growing problem of Fetanyl which is the next wave of this crisis, the need for cross border cooperation in areas like the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, the need to revive our MS-13 Gang task force efforts to battle the gangs distributing opioids and heroin, modernizing our prevention efforts, providing diversion to treatment instead of jail -- particularly for first time offenders, the need for more treatment resources, and the work that NIH is doing to develop painkillers that are non-addictive.  I recently cosponsored H.R. 1057, the STOP Act, which strengthens the tools we have to prevent dangerous synthetic opioids like Fentanyl from being trafficked across our border through the United States Postal Service.”