Letters to the Editor - Nov. 9

November 08, 2012

Prescription turn-in event targets youth drug abuse

To the editor:

An alarming number of Washington County youth are intentionally abusing prescription medications to get high.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has labeled prescription drug abuse an epidemic, reporting that the death toll from overdoses of prescription painkillers has more than tripled in the past decade and more than 40 people die every day from overdoses involving narcotic pain relievers. According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers obtained them from friends or relatives.

In Washington County, we are hosting the American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) on Nov. 10.

Residents can take their unused, unwanted and expired medications to the Washington County Health Department at 1302 Pennsylvania Ave. from 9 a.m. until noon.

This initiative will challenge Washington County residents to take the Five-Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:

  •  Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
  •  Secure your medicine chest.
  •  Dispose of your unused, unwanted and expired medicine at your local collection event or at the Washington County Sheriff’s Department seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
  •  Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.
  •  Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

The American Medicine Chest Challenge could help save the lives of your children, as well as aid in safeguarding the environment.

The Washington County American Medicine Chest Challenge is being spearheaded by the Washington County Health Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. 

For more information on the American Medicine Chest Challenge, visit

If you have questions about the local collection event, contact April Rouzer at 240-313-3356 or by email at

April Rouzer, Prevention Services Program Coordinator
Washington County Health Department

W.Va. veterans, active military sought for survey

To the editor:

I would like to remind West Virginia veterans and current military members — from all eras, ages and services — to complete the 2012 West Virginia Military Survey.

The deadline for completing the survey, sponsored by the West Virginia Legislature, is Nov. 30. The survey may be completed online or by calling 1-855-299-6605 for an interview.

From the survey, the Legislature hopes to obtain a comprehensive picture of how our veterans and military members are faring in areas relating to work, education, family, retirement, health and access to benefits for service members.  Responses are confidential, and the information will not be published or released in any form that would identify an individual participant.

We hope that results from the survey will help our state improve services and resources for military heroes and their families, and will lead to veteran-friendly changes in state legislation. 

More than 8,000 postcard invitations to participate in this survey were mailed in late September. However, according to the 2010 census, more than 200,000 current or former members of the military reside in West Virginia. So we are concerned that many won’t have heard about the survey.

As a state with one of the highest per capita participation in the military, it is very important that we honor the sacrifices that have been made for us by being sure that members of the military are well taken care of when they return home. Please spread the word and encourage all veterans and service members to complete the survey.

Survey participants will be entered into a drawing for a VISA cash gift card (one $500 gift card, five $100 gift cards and 30 $50 gift cards will be given away; military/veteran status of all gift card winners must be verified before prizes are awarded). 

And don’t forget to thank veterans for their service to our country and to our state.

Del. Barbara Evans Fleischauer
Select Interim Committee on Veterans Affairs

Obama’s re-election validated progressive policies

To the editor:

If not a mandate, President Obama’s deserved re-election decisively validates progressive policies. It’s reassuring that more than enough people now, as evidenced by nearly all the swing states and the majority of the national popular vote, really do get it.

It’s equally reassuring that Romney was overwhelmingly rejected in the states where voters perhaps know him best (Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, California, etc.) and in Ryan’s, too (Wisconsin).

Insightful election polls also reveal 53 percent of voters continue to understand that Bush and Cheney had dug the deep morass from which we’re steadily emerging.

They arrogantly ruled as if they had a mandate from the Supreme Court after losing the election in 2000 and dubiously winning in 2004 (Ohio). President Obama has been awarded an unequivocal victory to continue governing with respect and fairness for minorities, women, children, senior citizens, active military personnel, veterans, the employed, the unemployed, the disabled, the poor and the wealthy, and for our climate-threatened planet.  
Lawrence E. Angle Sr.

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