NACDS Partnering with NIDA to Develop Programs to Curb Rx Abuse, Misuse & Addiction

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Association of Chain Drug Stores

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 10 /PRNewswire/ --  The National Association of
 Chain Drug Stores join today with the National Institute on Drug Abuse and
 other health care organizations to launch a public health initiative to combat
 the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs.
     "Community chain pharmacists are on the front line of health care delivery
 and provide an important safety net in managing a patient's prescription drug
 therapy," said Craig L. Fuller, NACDS President and CEO.  "Today's
 prescription drugs do wonders in helping people get well, but they are more
 potent than ever, and if misused or purposely abused, the health consequences
 can be dangerous, if not life threatening."
     The NIDA public health initiative was announced at a press conference
 today at the National Press Club, during which NIDA Director Dr. Alan I.
 Leshner released findings of a new study, "Prescription Drugs Abuse and
 Addiction."  In addition to NACDS, other groups joining with NIDA include
 AARP, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Pharmaceutical
 Association, the National Community Pharmacists Association, the National
 Council on Patient Information and Education, and the Pharmaceutical Research
 and Manufacturers of America.
     "Pharmacists, in addition to helping a patient manage their drug therapy,
 play a gate keeper role," said Edith Rosato, R.Ph., NACDS Vice President for
 Pharmacy Affairs.  "In those cases when a pharmacist suspects a patient may be
 abusing their medications, the pharmacist can counsel the patient on the
 potential consequences and consult with their physician to address the issue."
     Increasing misuse of prescription drugs in some segments of the population
 -- older adults, adolescents, and women -- is occurring and increasing,
 according to Dr. Leshner.
     NIDA research suggests that more than 17 percent of adults over 60 may be
 affected by prescription drug abuse.  New prescription drug abuse has
 dramatically increased among young people between 12-25 years old and in a
 1999 survey, 12-14 year olds named psychotherapeutics, such as painkillers,
 sedatives, and stimulants, as some of their more frequently used drugs.
     Overall, men and women use prescription drugs non-medically in equal
 numbers.  However, some studies indicate that women may be more likely to
 misuse narcotics and anti-anxiety drugs, in part because women are two to
 three times more likely to be diagnosed with depression and, as a result, to
 be treated with psychotherapeutic drugs.
     NIDA and the seven partners in this new public health campaign plan to
 develop educational materials for consumers and health care practitioners in
 addressing prescription drug misuse and abuse that can lead to addiction.
     Rosato announced at the press conference than NACDS will work to adapt
 existing NIDA materials for use by 96,000 chain pharmacists in their
 interactions with the millions of patients they serve each day.  NACDS also
 has linked the NIDA website to its own site, http://www.nacds.org, to provide
 consumers and pharmacists access to NIDA educational materials.
     Additionally, Rosato said NACDS is considering development of a continuing
 education unit for chain pharmacists on this issue and plans to provide timely
 updates to chain pharmacists on the latest information on how prescription
 drugs are inappropriately being used as street or designer drugs.
 
     Founded in 1933 and based in Alexandria, Virginia, the National
 Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) membership consists of over 170
 retail chain community pharmacy companies.  Collectively, chain community
 pharmacy comprises the largest component of pharmacy practice with over 94,000
 pharmacists.  The chain community pharmacy industry is comprised of more than
 20,000 traditional chain drug stores, 7,800 supermarket pharmacies and 5,300
 mass merchant pharmacies.  The NACDS membership base operates over 33,000
 retail community pharmacies with annual sales totaling over $400 billion,
 including $160 billion in sales for prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC)
 medications and health and beauty aids (HBA).  Chain operated community retail
 pharmacies fill over 60% of 3 billion prescriptions dispensed annually in the
 United States.  Additionally, NACDS membership includes nearly 1,400 suppliers
 of goods and services to chain community pharmacies. NACDS international
 membership has grown to include 119 members from 30 foreign countries.  For
 more information about NACDS visit http://www.nacds.org .
 
 

SOURCE National Association of Chain Drug Stores
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 10 /PRNewswire/ --  The National Association of
 Chain Drug Stores join today with the National Institute on Drug Abuse and
 other health care organizations to launch a public health initiative to combat
 the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs.
     "Community chain pharmacists are on the front line of health care delivery
 and provide an important safety net in managing a patient's prescription drug
 therapy," said Craig L. Fuller, NACDS President and CEO.  "Today's
 prescription drugs do wonders in helping people get well, but they are more
 potent than ever, and if misused or purposely abused, the health consequences
 can be dangerous, if not life threatening."
     The NIDA public health initiative was announced at a press conference
 today at the National Press Club, during which NIDA Director Dr. Alan I.
 Leshner released findings of a new study, "Prescription Drugs Abuse and
 Addiction."  In addition to NACDS, other groups joining with NIDA include
 AARP, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Pharmaceutical
 Association, the National Community Pharmacists Association, the National
 Council on Patient Information and Education, and the Pharmaceutical Research
 and Manufacturers of America.
     "Pharmacists, in addition to helping a patient manage their drug therapy,
 play a gate keeper role," said Edith Rosato, R.Ph., NACDS Vice President for
 Pharmacy Affairs.  "In those cases when a pharmacist suspects a patient may be
 abusing their medications, the pharmacist can counsel the patient on the
 potential consequences and consult with their physician to address the issue."
     Increasing misuse of prescription drugs in some segments of the population
 -- older adults, adolescents, and women -- is occurring and increasing,
 according to Dr. Leshner.
     NIDA research suggests that more than 17 percent of adults over 60 may be
 affected by prescription drug abuse.  New prescription drug abuse has
 dramatically increased among young people between 12-25 years old and in a
 1999 survey, 12-14 year olds named psychotherapeutics, such as painkillers,
 sedatives, and stimulants, as some of their more frequently used drugs.
     Overall, men and women use prescription drugs non-medically in equal
 numbers.  However, some studies indicate that women may be more likely to
 misuse narcotics and anti-anxiety drugs, in part because women are two to
 three times more likely to be diagnosed with depression and, as a result, to
 be treated with psychotherapeutic drugs.
     NIDA and the seven partners in this new public health campaign plan to
 develop educational materials for consumers and health care practitioners in
 addressing prescription drug misuse and abuse that can lead to addiction.
     Rosato announced at the press conference than NACDS will work to adapt
 existing NIDA materials for use by 96,000 chain pharmacists in their
 interactions with the millions of patients they serve each day.  NACDS also
 has linked the NIDA website to its own site, http://www.nacds.org, to provide
 consumers and pharmacists access to NIDA educational materials.
     Additionally, Rosato said NACDS is considering development of a continuing
 education unit for chain pharmacists on this issue and plans to provide timely
 updates to chain pharmacists on the latest information on how prescription
 drugs are inappropriately being used as street or designer drugs.
 
     Founded in 1933 and based in Alexandria, Virginia, the National
 Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) membership consists of over 170
 retail chain community pharmacy companies.  Collectively, chain community
 pharmacy comprises the largest component of pharmacy practice with over 94,000
 pharmacists.  The chain community pharmacy industry is comprised of more than
 20,000 traditional chain drug stores, 7,800 supermarket pharmacies and 5,300
 mass merchant pharmacies.  The NACDS membership base operates over 33,000
 retail community pharmacies with annual sales totaling over $400 billion,
 including $160 billion in sales for prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC)
 medications and health and beauty aids (HBA).  Chain operated community retail
 pharmacies fill over 60% of 3 billion prescriptions dispensed annually in the
 United States.  Additionally, NACDS membership includes nearly 1,400 suppliers
 of goods and services to chain community pharmacies. NACDS international
 membership has grown to include 119 members from 30 foreign countries.  For
 more information about NACDS visit http://www.nacds.org .
 
 SOURCE  National Association of Chain Drug Stores