Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Smyth County Community Hospital and VP/CEO James Tyler have been at the forefront of the fight against prescription drug abuse. Among other things, SCCH helped create and has hosted meetings for a regional Pharmacy Task Force.
Nice job, SCCH! Hospital gets letter of appreciation from Sen. Warner for work against opioid epidemic
MARION, Va. – Smyth County Community Hospital has been at the forefront of the battle against drug abuse in our region, and that hasn’t gone unnoticed. U.S. Sen. Mark Warner from Virginia last month sent a letter of appreciation to hospital VP/CEO James Tyler, recognizing the hospital’s hard work.
Warner noted in the letter that Smyth County Community Hospital has worked diligently to create prevention programs, and has made a positive impact by providing training to physicians and pharmacists, creating prescription drug take-back boxes, and calling for the establishment of a drug consortium.
“I commend you for your work to combat the opioid epidemic,” Warner wrote. “On this important occasion, I am very pleased to join with our families, friends, and community in saluting Smyth County Community Hospital’s accomplishments and wish you continued success in the years to come.”
Warner noted the devastating effect prescription drug abuse has had across the Commonwealth and advocated for improvement of both addiction prevention and treatment. Warner was among lawmakers who voted and passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which seeks to prevent heroin and prescription drug abuse and deaths from overdose.
Tyler said Smyth County Community Hospital will continue to fight against opioid addiction and abuse.
“We’re certainly honored to be recognized by Sen. Warner. It means a lot that he would send us this letter, and we’re determined to build on our efforts so far,” Tyler said. “I’m proud of the hard work our team members and others in the community have done so far. Prescription drug abuse is one of the biggest health challenges in our region so we want to do everything we can to fight back against this epidemic.”