Palm Beach, Fla.The Orlando Sentinel today published a letter-to-the-editor by National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, that describes pharmacists’ professional approach to complex prescription pain medication issues.

NACDS submitted the letter amid extensive media attention to these issues across the state. NACDS said the coverage sometimes focuses on only one aspect of prescription drug abuse, addiction and access, thus limiting complete understanding of the issues and their potential solutions.

“Pharmacists have a 100 percent commitment to patient care, and a zero-tolerance for prescription drug abuse. But we cannot solve these issues alone,” wrote NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE. “That is why NACDS encourages a comprehensive solution.”

The letter urges support for the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015 (S. 482 and H.R. 471), which would bring health and enforcement authorities together for a more comprehensive approach to these issues.

The complete letter-to-the-editor follows:

“In one household, a family is devastated by prescription drug abuse. While in another, a patient can’t understand why he is denied the pain medications needed to make life bearable.