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Walgreens Expands Effort to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse through Collaboration with the American Pharmacists Association on Substance Abuse Education

WASHINGTON, May 03, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today, Walgreens and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) announced a collaboration that expands Walgreens efforts to fight prescription drug abuse. Through this collaboration, the APhA Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies will continue to offer a substance abuse education program for pharmacists and student pharmacists.

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The four-day educational program will be conducted in Salt Lake City, Utah (June 3-6, 2016) and will provide the pharmacy profession with vital information and resources on the disease of addiction.

The collaboration with APhA is the latest step Walgreens is taking to fight prescription drug abuse. In February, Walgreens announced it will install safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drugstores around the country in the first ongoing national effort of its kind by a retailer. The kiosks will make the disposal of medications — including opioids and other controlled substances — easier and more convenient while helping to reduce the misuse of medications and the rise in overdose deaths. At the same time, Walgreens also announced it will make naloxone, a lifesaving opioid antidote, available without a prescription in 35 states and Washington D.C. in accordance with each state’s pharmacy regulations. Both initiatives are rolling out state-by-state throughout this year.

Walgreens President of Pharmacy and Retail Operations Richard Ashworth said, “As a pharmacy, we are...