Congressman Hal Rogers receives humanitarian award

Published: Oct. 23, 2019 at 7:44 PM EDT
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Congressman Hal Rogers is recognized for his work battling the opioid crisis.

Mother's Against Prescription Drug Abuse gave their first humanitarian award to Rogers at a luncheon in Washington Wednesday.

The congressman helped launch the congressional caucus on prescription drug abuse, bringing together lawmakers to secure funding and improve laws to tackle addiction issues.

Rogers also started the organization operation unite in his district to help Eastern Kentucky battle substance abuse. But what the congressman says he is most proud of is the annual prescription drug abuse and heroin summit.

"We bring together some 4 - 5,000 people from across the country that are concerned with the problem we are facing, that really works and we're seeing new organizations spring up because of that. We're seeing a rededication to erasing the stigmatizing that goes with drug use," said Rogers.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday.

To find a site near you to drop off your unused prescription drugs, head to