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drug abuse

Fruth takes leadership role in drug abuse fight

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Drug abuse, including the abuse of prescription painkillers, has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., and no state has been hit harder than West Virginia. Fruth Pharmacy, according to company chairman and president Lynne Fruth, is trying to make a difference in the lives of those in its communities who are

Rite Aid expands no-Rx access to naloxone

Rite Aid expands no-Rx access to naloxone

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. is has made the opioid overdose antidote naloxone available without a prescription in six more states. The drug chain said Wednesday that more than 630 Rite Aid pharmacies in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia now offer naloxone without a requiring a doctor’s prescription, subject to

Walgreens facilitates naloxone access in Arizona

Walgreens facilitates naloxone access in Arizona

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has begun providing the opioid overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription at all of its pharmacies in Arizona. The drug chain said Tuesday that naloxone, administered by injection or nasal spray, is more accessible through its more than 240 pharmacies across Arizona, in accordance with state regulations. “By making naloxone available without

Walgreens hits mark in safe medication disposal

Walgreens hits mark in safe medication disposal

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has hit its target in fostering proper disposal of expired, unwanted and unused medications. The drug chain said Tuesday that it has reached its goal of installing more than 500 safe medication disposal kiosks this year at its pharmacies in 35 states and Washington, D.C. Unveiled in February, the program is

Durbin helps Walgreens launch drug take-back program

Durbin helps Walgreens launch drug take-back program

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), assistant minority leader in the U.S. Senate, visited a Walgreens store in Chicago as the drug chain continued its nationwide rollout of medication disposal kiosks to help fight drug abuse and misuse. Walgreens said Durbin’s visit Monday to its 111 S. Halsted St. store marked the launch

Rogue online sellers feeding drug abuse

Rogue online sellers feeding drug abuse

Drug abuse, including misuse of prescription drugs, remains at alarmingly high levels in the U.S. Reports of opioid overdoses and drug-related crimes and car accidents seem to appear in local headlines almost daily. Feeding this epidemic, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy says, are rogue Internet drug outlets illegally dispensing prescription controlled substances. NABP’s

Walgreens’ drug abuse efforts come to Okla., Wash. stores

Walgreens’ drug abuse efforts come to Okla., Wash. stores

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has brought its programs to fight drug abuse to stores in two more states, Oklahoma and Washington. The drug chain said this week that in Oklahoma it has installed safe medication disposal kiosks in nine stores and made the opioid overdose drug naloxone available without a prescription at its more than

Enactment of drug abuse bill praised by Rx groups

WASHINGTON — Enactment of a new law designed to curtail drug abuse while maintaining legitimate access to medications has been hailed by pharmacy groups including the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. The legislation — which advances collaboration among health and enforcement authorities — is a positive step for people who have been affected by

In Alabama, Walgreens provides naloxone without Rx

In Alabama, Walgreens provides naloxone without Rx

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has made the opioid overdose antidote naloxone available without a prescription at all of its pharmacies in Alabama. The drug chain said naloxone is now more accessible in over 110 Walgreens pharmacies throughout Alabama. The medication, administered by injection or nasal spray, can be used in the event of an overdose to

Walgreens rolls out drug disposal kiosks in Calif.

Walgreens rolls out drug disposal kiosks in Calif.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has deployed 50 safe medication disposal kiosks in drug stores across California. The drug chain said Friday that the kiosks provide Californians with a safe, convenient way to discard unwanted, unused or expired medications — including prescripton drugs, controlled substances and over-the-counter medicines — at no cost. To kick off the

Walgreens: No script needed for naloxone in Pa. stores

Walgreens: No script needed for naloxone in Pa. stores

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has begun providing the opioid overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription in all of its Pennsylvania pharmacies. The drug chain said Monday that naloxone is now easier to obtain in its more than 120 drug stores across Pennsylvania. Administered by injection or nasal spray, the medication can be used in the

Senate OK’s key drug abuse legislation

Senate OK’s key drug abuse legislation

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Senate has passed the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 (S. 483), which is seen as striking a balance between fighting drug abuse and upholding legitimate drug use. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores, which supports the bill, said Friday that the measure would advance

Anti-drug abuse efforts advance

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is urging the Senate to pass legislation that it says would spur collaboration among health and enforcement authorities for drug abuse solutions “that maintain patients’ legitimate access to medications” while fighting opioid abuse. The trade organization supports the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act

Walgreens takes aim at Rx abuse

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In an effort to stem the misuse of prescriptions and the rising incidence of overdoses, Walgreen Co. recently announced the launch of a new initiative to combat drug abuse. Aligning with public and private sector campaigns, Walgreens is making opioid-overdose antidote naloxone available without a prescription in most of its stores. The