I first called John Hindman after I read a heart-wrenching article about him describing the tragic loss of his son, Sean, to an opioid overdose. Accompanying the article was a photograph of John sitting in the bleachers holding his son’s well-worn soccer ball. As a father of two boys, I can’t imagine having to deal […]
About a year ago, Walmart Pharmacy Manager Bruno Andrade took a packet of DisposeRx to a meeting of the Central Virginia Addiction and Recovery Resources Coalition. He wanted to make other coalition members aware of the program that Walmart had recently implemented to dispense DisposeRx—the at-home medication disposal solution—with each patient’s opioid prescription. Coalition Board […]
In 2013 the Veterans Administration launched their Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI), the first of several system-wide initiatives undertaken by the VA to address opioid overuse. The VA recognized the growing problems rooted in the unique set of circumstances faced by veterans including the fact that veterans are 40% more likely than the general population to suffer from chronic severe pain. Simultaneously, many veterans also deal with emotional issues related to battle experience. Read more about how the Veterans Administration initiatives have helped veterans fight addiction.