By Harry Child
The Office of U.S. Senator Jon Tester 

Working to Combat the Opioid Crisis, Tester Urges FDA to Include Input from Rural Communities on Safer At-Home Disposal of Prescription Drugs


August 9, 2023

As part of his continued effort to combat the opioid crisis in Montana’s rural communities, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is leading a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to consult with rural and Tribal communities to develop a strong policy for at-home disposal of prescription opioids.

In April, the FDA issued a policy that provided prepaid mail-back envelope to return unused opioid pills. However, Tester notes in his letter that the inclusion of an at-home disposal option is critical for Montanans in rural and Tribal communities who do not have reliable a...

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