Nov. 19 Webinar to Focus on Pharmacists’ Efforts to Address Opioid Crisis


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MILLBURN - New Jersey pharmacy experts will outline the profession’s key role in addressing the opioid epidemic amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in an upcoming Knock Out Opioid Abuse Webinar hosted by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

According to a release, the webinar, titled “Pharmacists: On the Front Line of the Opioid Crisis During the COVID Pandemic,” will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 19, in collaboration with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator of Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (NJ CARES) and Garden State Pharmacy Owners Inc.

“Pharmacists play a vital role in helping to address the opioid epidemic ravaging the state,” PDFNJ Executive Director Angelo Valente stated. “As trusted members of their communities, pharmacists help educate residents about the dangers of prescription opioids.”

Webinar speakers will include Anthony Rubinaccio, executive director of the New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy; Dr. Saira Jan, vice president and chief pharmacy officer for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; and Dr. Michael J. Avaltroni, dean of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

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