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Walker Takes Back His Prescription Drugs Following Recent Procedure

January 30, 2020
Press Release

GREENSBORO, N.C. - U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today visited a CVS Pharmacy prescription dropbox to properly dispose of his remaining oxycodone prescription following a recent shoulder procedure.

Proper disposal of prescription medications is a crucial part of fighting the opioid crisis, which has harmed so many right here in our own community,” said Walker. “Too often, these medications are left in medicine cabinets and fall into the wrong hands, creating a dangerous pathway for addiction.”

In 2017, retail pharmacies dispensed more than 190 million opioid-derived prescriptions to nearly 60 million American patients. Roughly 90% of patients did not finish these prescriptions, leaving dangerous opioids either in their medicine cabinets or elsewhere. During 2017, 47,600 fatally overdosed from opioids.

Since 2000, over 300,000 Americans have died from overdoses involving opioids. This tragedy has been especially prevalent in North Carolina, with opioid-related deaths increasing by 800 percent since 1999.

Combating the opioid crisis has been one of Walker’s top priorities during his tenure in Congress. In 2017, he hosted a two-day, seven-stop opioid crisis tour across North Carolina to better understand ways to address addiction from the local level up to the federal level. Following the tour, Walker was instrumental in passing the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, legislation that would be critical in fighting this national public health crisis.