Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced a new initiative to bring awareness to the rising opioid abuse problem that many families in America are facing. They are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. A fundamental part of this program will encourage participants to get rid of any unused medications they have in their homes.
The main thrust of the Capital One Arena announcements will be to help fans understand the devastation that opioid addiction brings to one’s life and the ease in which many find themselves helplessly addicted. There are many sites in the DC area where the public can safely discard unused medications. “Opioid Awareness Nights will encourage fans to make a difference by participating in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and disposing of unwanted or expired medications properly on April 27 at a convenient collection site listed on www.DEATakeBack.com.“
The Capitals will host their awareness night on Friday, 22 March. As described by Monumental, the evening will include “a full-arena giveaway of DEA bracelets and in-game messaging including scoreboard, video public service announcements from the Capitals alums, LED signage in the arena and around the concourses as well as digital and social awareness. In support of the Opioid Epidemic Awareness campaign, members of MSE, some coaches and the NBC Sports Washington broadcast staff will wear purple ribbons both nights.“
The DEA shared: “The Drug Enforcement Administration Washington Division is excited to promote opioid awareness nights at the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals games,” said DEA Washington Division Special Agent in Charge Jesse R. Fong. “We encourage everyone to get rid of unused and unwanted medications by participating in the DEA National Drug Take Back Day on April 27. Through opioid awareness and community engagement, we can all make a difference together.” The Wizards hosted their evening on Thursday.
Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis had this to say: “Through important initiatives such as Opioid Awareness Nights, we are inching closer to ending this devasting epidemic and thus making our community a healthier and safer place to call home. We are looking forward to raising awareness and helping end the stigma on opioid addiction in our country.”
We at FiCP fully support this initiative and encourage readers to find a place to rid their homes of unused medications. We know from personal experience with friends and relatives how easily medications can slip into the hands of someone innocently looking for an escape from pain only to lead to a rapid addiction.
The remainder of the press release reads as follows:
A presenting sponsor of Opioid Awareness Nights, Leidos has made a significant commitment to putting an end to this urgent health emergency by creating an Opioid Epidemic Awareness and Education Campaign which has included important changes to its benefits program to protect employees from over prescribing, building relationships with non-profit organizations such as CADCA, Truth Initiative, Mark Walhberg Youth Foundation and the Christ Atwood Foundation, and supporting the DEA’s 360 Strategy through education initiatives to help prevent heroin and opioid use.
Additionally, Leidos Chairman of the Board and CEO Roger Krone has issued a “Call to Action” challenging other CEOs to take this issue seriously and to play their part to ensure the welfare and safety of their employees and the communities they work and live in. Learn more about the pledge by clicking here. Krone will present a $500,000 check from Leidos to the Truth Initiative in support of this increasingly important cause at the Capitals game on Friday night.
“We are proud to bring awareness to this important issue through our partnerships with Monumental Sports & Entertainment and the DEA,” said Roger Krone, Chairman & CEO of Leidos. “The scale and urgency of the opioid epidemic is alarming and we can all do our part to help – whether it’s a company taking a stand or an individual cleaning out their medicine cabinet. Only by working together can we have an impact on this crisis and achieve measurable results.”
For more information about the potential for abuse of medication, please go towww.getsmartaboutdrugs.com.