DA, Walgreens and MCPHS partner on opioid prescription inserts

May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lindsay Corcoran 508-368-7252 or 774-670-8811

WORCESTER – Opioid prescriptions filled at Walgreens pharmacies in Worcester County will now come with an insert to educate customers on the risks of the drug, thanks to a partnership between Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr., Walgreens and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (MCPHS) and Health Sciences.

“I want to thank Walgreens and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy for partnering with us on this important project. This is a community problem that requires a community solution and this is a great step in that direction,” Mr. Early said.

Inserts were delivered to each of the Walgreens pharmacies in Worcester County on Monday to be included in future prescriptions. They contain information on the safe use, storage and disposal of opioids, as well as opioid overdose signs and factors that increase the risk of overdose. Information on naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug, is also included. The insert was developed with help from MCPHS and Walgreens.

This project is being funded through a Hal Rogers/Bureau of Justice Assistance federal grant for opioid addiction prevention awarded to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office in September 2015.