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ShopRite announces support of Prescription Drug Safety program

ShopRite has announced its support of the Prescription Drug Safety program, an initiative that looks to empower N.J.-area high school students, with the skills to make sound decisions about prescription medications.

“ShopRite Pharmacy is proud to bring critical prevention education to high school students so they can gain awareness and build the skills they need to protect themselves and prevent abuse before it occurs," Karen Meleta, spokesperson for ShopRite, said.

The program also looks to make students understand the dangers of misusing the drugs. Developed by EverFi — an education technology innovator — the program will be available in 30 high schools across Essex, Ocean, Monmouth, Gloucester and Camden counties.

“As community pharmacists, we are close to our patients and recognize that education and prevention are the keys to preventing prescription drug misuse and abuse,” Jeffrey Mondelli, RPh, VP of pharmacy for ShopRite, said. “We also know that today’s high school students face unique challenges, and this knowledge is critical for them to have. Our support of this new program is part of our ongoing commitment to combatting the opioid epidemic in the communities our stores serve through targeted, preventive educational outreach.”

The Prescription Drug Safety program uses an evidence-based, public health approach to empower high school students through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities that teaches students facts about drugs. It also teaches students how to properly use and dispose of the medications, and how to step in when faced with misuse.

“Prescription drug abuse has dealt a devastating blow to communities across the country, yet there are few initiatives aimed at positively preventing the abuse before it occurs,” EverFi CEO Tom Davidson, said. “We are extremely proud to welcome ShopRite to this network of leaders across multiple industries and thank them for their commitment to investing in prevention education.”
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