APhA, Walgreens Take Aim at Substance Abuse

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA), is partnering with Walgreens to battle prescription drug abuse. Through the collaboration, the APhA Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies will continue to offer a substance abuse education program for pharmacists and student pharmacists. The 4-day program, which will provide pharmacy professionals with key information and resources on the disease of addiction, is scheduled to start on June 3 in Salt Lake City. "We are pleased to have the support of Walgreens to work along with the profession as the epidemic of substance abuse in our nation continues to grow,” said APhA executive vice president and chief executive officer Thomas Menighan. “Through the institute, we hope to raise the public’s awareness of this critical issue through their pharmacists. While pharmacists have always been on the front lines, we can do more. Our goal is to enhance public awareness of substance use disorders and take action with our local communities.” The APhA Institute will present the latest methods and techniques for assisting people in finding treatment and supporting them in ongoing recovery, APhA and Walgreens said. Participants will learn how to recognize and address the misuse and abuse of prescription medications and other addictive substances.