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Pharmacy Helping Combat Opioid Misuse Epidemic

Oct 01, 2017 08:30AM ● Published by Jason Huddle

Pharmacy Helping Combat Opioid Misuse Epidemic

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “the United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic.” In 2016, Cabarrus County alone had 45 opioid-related overdoses. For this reason, Dr. David Line, pharmacist with Cannon Pharmacy, offers some information about opioid use and misuse.

“Taking opioid medications is needed for some; there are conditions that are best treated with certain medications,” Dr. Line says. “This is determined through careful research and studies.   

“There are also alternatives that are available at times. This is why it is important to have an open dialogue with your doctor and pharmacist about your medications.”

He advises to take medications that are prescribed to you, and take only as prescribed. If prescription medications are taken outside of the doctor’s orders, there could be unwanted side effects up to, and including, death.  

He also says it’s important to keep medications stored in a safe place. Doing so may prevent someone from taking and/or misusing them.  

“If you or someone you know struggles with an addiction to pain medications, consult with a pharmacist about Naloxone, a reversal medication that is available without a prescription for patients who experience an opioid overdose,” Dr. Line says.

“Do not keep unused, expired or old medication in your home. There are several ways to dispose of unneeded medications, like permanent medication drop boxes located in the local law enforcement agencies. The boxes are available 24 hours a day.  In addition, some local pharmacies, including Cannon Pharmacy, are hosting a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event on October 28, from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Contact Kristin Klinglesmith at 704-920-1284 or visit www.healthycabarrus.org for pharmacy locations participating.

Article by: Amanda Buck

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