Pharmacists Can Impact Opioid Dependence Crisis

Pharmacists are an important but underutilized resource in the fight against prescription drug abuse, according to an expert in addiction pharmacy. Merrill Norton, Pharm.D., D.Ph., ICCDP-D, Clinical Associate Professor of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, is spearheading a movement to train pharmacists in substance abuse treatment, so they can recognize patients struggling with substance abuse and get them the help they need.

“Most colleges of pharmacy have very little to do with substance abuse,” said Dr. Norton, who is dually credentialed in addiction pharmacy and addiction counseling. “If we can train pharmacists, we could have another 100,000 individuals available to the public to help get people into treatment.”

Full story of pharmacists impacting opioid crisis at drugfree.org

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