Announcement came day before National Drug Take-Back Day

Philadelphia, PA – Today, Rich Negrin appeared at a news conference in front of the 5th District Police Headquarters to announce that, as district attorney, he will wholeheartedly support the city’s drug take-back programs designed to give adults safe, responsible ways to dispose of unused prescription drugs and educate kids about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

The event took place a the 5th District headquarters because it is the most widely used drug take-back facility in the city.

“The prescription drug epidemic in Philadelphia is real and because it’s harder to spot, because it happens in homes everywhere from Kensington to Chestnut Hill, it doesn’t get the same attention as some of the other drug problems we have,” said Negrin. “We can’t afford to leave this in the shadows anymore. As district attorney I’ll make sure that we continue to support and promote drug take-back programs and I’ll work with people in the community to find ways to expand and strengthen them.”

Negrin was joined by Bernie Strain, the Pennsylvania Coordinator of the P2D2 (Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal) program.

“Unfortunately, I know all too well how devastating misused prescription drugs can be,” said Strain. “My wife and I lost our youngest son to this problem. Since then we’ve tried to turn our loss into something that will help other parents from having to endure the same hurt. I applaud Rich Negrin for having the vision and the leadership to take on this issue. I think it’s critical that the city take it seriously as Rich is doing.”