Tag Archives: opioids

First National Pharmacy Chain to Offer Free Opioid Disposal Solution

Walmart is launching a first-of-its kind opioid disposal solution – available at no cost – in all company pharmacies. Known as DisposeRx, the small packet contains ingredients that, according to the manufacturer, when emptied into a pill bottle with warm water ultimately enable patients to responsibly dispose of leftover medications in their trash. The innovative disposal solution will now be provided in addition to ongoing counseling available to Walmart patients on...

Suffolk County Narcan Training Classes

Suffolk County Announces Narcan Training Classes County Executive Steve Bellone and Dr. James Tomarken, Commissioner of Health, are encouraging residents to take advantage of scheduled Opioid Overdose Prevention Program-Narcan Training Classes. The training, which meets New York State Department of Health requirements, will enable participants to recognize an opioid overdose, administer intranasal Narcan and take additional steps until EMS arrives. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and an emergency resuscitation kit...

People, Pets and Meds

Desperate times, desperate measures. A disturbing report out of Massachusetts-according to The Boston Globe, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association is warning its members that some people are taking pain medicine prescribed to pets. Law enforcement and veterinary officials in Massachusetts suggest that addicts are so desperate for drugs they are taking pain medications prescribed for pets. An outreach campaign to help educate veterinarians about this risk. While this issue is...

Opioid Epidemic-300,000 lives lost since 2000…and still counting

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, deaths due to synthetic opioids, heroin, oxycodone are on the rise and the numbers are frightening. Some of the 2015 data shows:
  • More than 52,000 people died from a drug overdose- over 63% involved an opioid.
  • Death rates involving synthetic increased 72.2% from 2014-2015.
  • Heroin death rates increased 20.6% from...