State Associations Join Forces to Fight Opioid Epidemic

The Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) announced last week that it has joined a task force to promote safe medication practices in Ohio.  OPA is also encouraging local task forces to include their local pharmacists.

“Often we are left out,” said Ernest Boyd, executive director of OPA. “We have the most training in the safe use of drugs.”

And the Maryland Pharmacists Association (MPhA) announced this week it has joined a new coalition, The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) Maryland, an alliance of more than a dozen local, state and national organizations committed to finding solutions to end the opioid crisis in Maryland.

Both states are joined in their efforts by PhRMA, a drug industry group representing pharmaceutical research companies, and they both are advocating for the use of safe disposal pouches.  Don’t have access to a safe disposal kit?  Ohio and Maryland both encourage creating an at-home safe disposal pouch by mixing unwanted medications with water and coffee grounds or cat litter, and then throwing away.

Read More on Ohio’s Initiative

Read More on Maryland’s Initiative

Tomorrow, April 28 is also the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  Find a location near you here: takebackday.dea.gov

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