CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., praised the federal Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday for implementing a permanent drug disposal plan to help prevent prescription drug abuse.
In recent years, Rockefeller held several hearings and introduced various pieces of legislation to help control and prevent the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs that medical professionals prescribe for their patients.
Last month, Rockefeller introduced new legislation to control prescription drug abuse.
"West Virginia faces a troubling prescription drug abuse problem that is fueled in part by excess prescription drugs left in medicine cabinets and household drawers.
"We've made strides with nationwide Drug Take-Back Days, but we need a permanent solution for the safe disposal of prescription drugs," Rockefeller said.
"Providing a national standard and clear process for safe disposal will help us address the drug abuse epidemic head-on in both the country and our state."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as a nationwide epidemic.
"West Virginia has been especially hard hit," Rockefeller wrote in a Nov. 5 letter to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart.