The Opioid Crisis

It is believed that the current opioid crisis began due to growing opioid prescribing practices in the late 1990s, after pharmaceutical companies informed medical experts that patients would not become addicted to opioid medications.1 42,249 people in the US died from opioid-related overdose in 2016 alone.1 2.1 million individuals misused prescription opioids for the first time, and the same number of people struggled with an opioid use disorder.1 This led to an economic cost of 504 billion dollars in dealing with the growing opioid problem.1 The amount of prescribed opioids peaked in 2010 and has since been on a slow decline.2 In Texas specifically, the Centers for Disease Control and Pre

Fighting The Good Fight

In recent years, local pharmacist and business owner, Dr. Benjamin McNabb, and his wife and business partner, Heather; have made regular trips to the state capital in Austin, TX and to Washington, D.C. to fight for better healthcare for their patients back in Eastland County. They also participated in and helped organize the 2017 and 2018 NCPA Congressional Pharmacist Fly-ins, in which a group of fellow Texas pharmacists went to Washing, D.C. to speak with elected officials about the issues affecting their patients. DIR fees, closed network contracts, preferred copay status, and mail orders were just a few of the issues that were discussed during their meetings with legislators. “We need to

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