The president of the NACDS, Steven Anderson, IOM, CAE, wrote to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, telling chair Chris Christie, the Republican Governor of New Jersey, how pharmacists can be involved in fighting the opioid epidemic-and why they can’t do it alone.
Chain pharmacies, Anderson wrote, have implemented a variety of practices and procedures to help quell the crisis. He said that chain stores are committed to working with officials to help, and pointed to the statistic that the number of opioids dispensed at chain pharmacies decreased 15% between 2013 and 2016.
While chain pharmacies can do much to combat opioid abuse, Anderson said that NACDS supports a collaborative approach to end the crisis, adding that NACDS also supports “holistic approaches … implemented at the federal level.”
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Anderson advocated for several specific policies in his letter, including:
“We are pleased that we are helping to solve the opioid abuse problem,” Anderson wrote. “Pharmacists take their role in helping to ensure safe use of medications very seriously-but they cannot do it alone.”