President Obama outlined his administration’s commitment to addressing the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic on Wednesday during an event in West Virginia, a state that leads the nation in drug overdose deaths.
…NACDS affirmed pharmacy’s long-standing commitment to combat prescription drug abuse, while also ensuring patients have access to legitimately-needed pain medications.
In response to a request from the White House, NACDS affirmed pharmacy’s long-standing commitment to combat prescription drug abuse, while also ensuring patients have access to legitimately-needed pain medications. NACDS submitted statements of commitment, along with more than 40 healthcare stakeholders, pledging to continue to foster education about opioid overdose and naloxone.
The White House invited representatives from NACDS member companies to attend the event, including Rite Aid Corporation and Fruth Pharmacy.
The president’s plan focusses on two key steps for combatting prescription drug abuse: establishing the federal government as a model by requiring federal agencies to provide training on prescribing controlled substances; and directing government agencies to identify barriers to medication-assisted treatment for opioid disorders, and developing strategies to combat those obstacles.
More information about NACDS’ engagement on these issues can be accessed via the Drug_Abuse tag on NACDS.org.