Heroin use has increased a staggering 63 percent over the last 10 years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That increase, according to the agency, is closely tied to the growing abuse of prescription opioids; an alarming 45 percent of Americans addicted to heroin are also addicted to prescription opioids.
Every 25 seconds, someone loses their life to a prescription drug overdose; and in 2012, drug overdoses were the leading cause of injury death among 25-to-64 year olds. Pharmacist Bree Watzak discusses what the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy is doing to prepare students to combat prescription drug abuse that leads to overdoses, and what national initiatives are on the horizon.
The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy will offer an elective to students in substance abuse Advance Pharmacy Practice Experiential (APPE) rotations at the South Texas Substance Abuse Recovery Services (STSARS) in Corpus Christi as an option for professional student pharmacists who are interested in treating addictions.
Emergencies can occur at any time or place—whether it’s a health emergency or a natural disaster. It’s often difficult to prepare for the unexpected, but keeping an updated list of medications could be a lifesaver during an emergency.