NWRA Endorses Legislation to Combat Opioids Crisis

NWRA Endorses Legislation to Combat Opioids Crisis

DEA Would Provide Grants to States to Collect and Destroy Drugs

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) sent a letter in support of H.R. 5628, the “Access to Increased Drug Disposal Act of 2018,” to bill sponsor Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) as well as cosponsors Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.)

“We thank Congressman McKinley for his leadership on H.R. 5628 and Congressmen Cicilline, Marino and Tonko for cosponsoring this important bipartisan legislation,” said Darrell Smith, president and CEO of NWRA. “Through our special industry group, the Healthcare Waste Institute, NWRA works to facilitate responsible healthcare waste management practices from all types of generators and to be the resource for technical and regulatory assistance. We stand ready to do whatever we can to assist them in battling this epidemic.”

H.R. 5628 would provide funding to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to make grants to the states to help collect and destroy drugs in an effort to combat the growing opioid crisis.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association