Pharmacists join fight against Opioid Epidemic

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North Dakota pharmacists will now join the fight against the opioid epidemic.

One Rx is a new program being rolled out by NDSU and the state board of pharmacy. The name is an acronym for “opioid and naloxone education.” Pharmacists will start screening patients who are prescribed opioids in hopes of better informing, and reducing chances of addiction and overdose. 
Patients will fill out a quick form at the pharmacy, allowing pharmacists to better understand the patient’s medical background. They also hope this will reduce the stigma surrounding addiction.

Mark Strand; NDSU School Of Pharmacy Professor: “We need to accept that some individuals, just because of their neurological makeup, just have a higher predisposition. Therefore need to be managed just like a diabetic.”

Beginning October 1st, a free 3-hour training program will be offered in Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot. Funding for this project is through the department of human services behavioral health division.

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