JUN 21, 2023

Attorney General Alan Wilson urges Biden Administration to stop dangerous opioid mail back program

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Attorney General Alan Wilson led a letter with 12 other states to Biden’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging against the reckless USPS opioid mail-back program.

 

“We all want to stop the opioid epidemic and help those who need it. Safely disposing of unused opioids is key in combatting this crisis, and the Biden Administration’s reckless plan to mail back pills is dangerous and misguided,” said Attorney General Alan Wilson. “Drugs are already being trafficked through the USPS, particularly fentanyl, and putting more pills in the system kicks the door wide open for abuse.”

 

The letter argues, “As law enforcement officials, we must confront this challenge head-on. In doing so, we must use mitigation strategies that provide real solutions. To the greatest extent possible, these solutions should not leave room for increasing numbers of illegal opioids to be distributed on the streets and infiltrate our communities.”

 

Led by Attorney General Wilson, the attorneys general support the use of in-home disposal products that immediately dispose of unused drugs without putting anyone at risk. Studies show that pairing education and single-use in-home disposal products can increase proper opioid disposal to at least 92%. Currently just 10% of patients properly dispose of unused prescriptions.

 

Attorney General Wilson is joined by the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, and Utah.

 

 

You can read the full letter here.

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