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U.S. Attorney’s Office Enters Partnership to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

Posted Sep 11 2012 11:42am

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia teamed up with Drugfree.org to restrain the rising prescription drug abuse.

In a press release issued Sept. 11, the partnership aims to promote Drugfree.org’s “Medicine Abuse Project” which kicks off Sept. 23, 2012.

The Western District of Virginia, one of 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, is planning several events in coordination with the campaign which aims to curb the abuse of medicine while encouraging parents and the public to take action. A primary focus of the initiative will be to educate communities about the dangers of abusing prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

“The epidemic of prescription drug abuse demands a holistic response that includes prevention, enforcement, and treatment solutions,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. “We must prioritize the identification and prosecution of health care providers and others who provide these medications without proper cause. We must simultaneously do all we can to educate people about the dangers of these drugs and provide help to those who are addicted. Nothing short of a full-court press will solve this persistent problem in Southwest Virginia.”

On November 14, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will host The Southwest Virginia Prescription Drug Abuse Summit. This event will raise awareness of the personal, social, criminal justice and economic costs of prescription drug abuse and produce a specific set of recommendations to combat it. This no-cost event will feature speakers from law enforcement, treatment, prevention and education , and from the economic development and business communities of Southwest Virginia.

In conjunction with the campaign, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia will also with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to promote their National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 29, 2012.

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