PHARMACY

AmerisourceBergen Foundation donates drug disposal tools

BY David Salazar

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation has distributed nearly 55,000 drug disposal resources to communities nationwide, the charitable arm of Valley Forge, Pa.-based AmerisourceBergen said Monday. The resources, donated through the AmerisourceBergen Foundation Municipal Support Program, contain ingredients that deactivate opioids when combined with water.

The foundation’s efforts to make disposal of unused medication easier come as a recent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Survey found that nearly 40% of people who have misused prescription pain medication obtained them from a friend or relative.

“We are encouraged by the immediate reach and impact of the grant program, and remain steadfast in our commitment to providing the communities where we live and work with the critical resources needed to help drive sustained change and combat the epidemic of opioid misuse,” said Gina Clark, AmerisourceBergen Foundation president and AmerisourceBergen executive vice president and chief communications and administration officer.

The company recently marked the introduction of the resources in the North Carolina cities of Stanley, Belmont, Rutherfordton and Shelby alongside Rep. Patrick McHenry, R.-N.C.

“The opioid epidemic is devastating families and communities all across the country, including western North Carolina,” McHenry said. “We must take action to end this crisis. Collaboration between companies like AmerisourceBergen and local communities like the town of Stanley are crucial in the fight against the opioid epidemic. I am thankful for the efforts of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation and their donation to the town of Stanley and other communities here in the Tenth District as they work to end opioid abuse.”

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation said that in the past several months, it has announced partnerships and grants aimed at providing opioid abuse, misuse and diversion prevention resources. Municipal entities and nonprofits interested in applying for resources can apply here.

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