PHARMACY

AmerisourceBergen Foundation launches support program combating opioid abuse

BY Gisselle Gaitan

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation has announced the launch of a municipal support program aimed towards the safe disposal of opioids. The Valley Forge, Pa.-based company aims to do this by providing communities nationwide with resources to deactivate expired or unused medications.

“The epidemic of opioid abuse demands action, attention and a collaborative approach. The safe disposal of unused prescription medications is a critical component in combating the issue, as it reduces the risk for misuse, abuse, and diversion,” Gina Clark, president of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, and executive vice president and chief communications & administration officer at AmerisourceBergen said. “At AmerisourceBergen and the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, we are united in our responsibility to create healthier futures. Through this program, we will provide communities with the resources needed to deactivate prescription medications in a safe and effective manner, and help advance their efforts to prevent opioid abuse.”

As part of the program, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation will distribute drug deactivation resources to municipalities that are actively working to prevent opioid abuse and misuse, the company said. These disposable resources will use a technology that will deactivate opioids when combined with water.

In order to support these efforts, AmerisourceBergen will leverage its network of distribution centers to provide communities across the country with access to the drug deactivation resources. More information about the program and foundation can be found on the company’s website.

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