AmerisourceBergen Foundation supports opioid education, disaster relief

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AmerisourceBergen Foundation supports opioid education, disaster relief

By David Salazar - 03/13/2019
The AmerisourceBergen Foundation has had a busy March. The nonprofit organization established by AmerisourceBergen recently announced its support of more than 30 organizations through its Opioid Resource Grant Program, as well as a $25,000 commitment to relief efforts in areas recently affected by tornadoes.

The organization’s Opioid Resource Grant Program is aimed at supporting community-based organizations who provide education around preventing and addressing prescription medication abuse and misuse, particularly for youth, providers and communities. Among youth-focused recipients were the Boys & Girls Club in Tennessee, the National Recreation and Park Association and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. Among provider-focused recipients were the Overdose Lifeline, the University of Idaho and Public Health Solutions. Community education organizations NDRI-USA, Montgomery AIDS Outreach/Medical Advocacy & Outreach and Drug Prevention Resources were recipients focused on community education around combatting the stigma of opioid misuse, highlighting safe disposal and enhancing prevention.

“Education is an invaluable tool in combatting the opioid crisis. The foundation is committed to working to support organizations embedded in their efforts to raise awareness of the intricacies of the issue and put into place harm-reduction strategies through educating citizens,” said Gina Clark, president of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. “These grants enable many diverse organizations to bring evidence-based education programs to our young people and the providers who care for all of us. We believe these organizations, along with the education programs they provide, can drive sustained positive impact around the issue of opioid misuse for years to come.”

With regard to relief efforts in the southeastern United States, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation donated to the Community Foundation of East Alabama, which recently established the Lee County Tornado Recovery Fund to help address widespread damage from tornadoes in the area. The foundation said it would be monitoring the impacted areas to identify futher opportunities for support. It also is working closely with such longtime partners as Americares and Healthcare ready, which address such pressing needs as critical medication delivery, temporary housing and long-term disaster relief.

“AmerisourceBergen has a significant presence in Alabama and our thoughts are with our teams and all those impacted during this weekend’s devastating events. As individuals and families turn their attention to rebuilding, we hope to enhance the relief efforts by supporting community organizations on the ground,” Clark said. “In working with regional partners like the Community Foundation of East Alabama, we hope the Foundation will have a positive impact during this critical time in line with our constant objective of improving the wellbeing of the communities around the globe.”

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