Minnesota Retailers Association and the Minnesota Pharmacists Association Join Alliance to Address the Opioid Epidemic
September 11, 2019 (MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Minnesota added two new organizations to its alliance of leaders addressing the opioid epidemic in the state. The Minnesota Retailers Association and the Minnesota Pharmacists Association have joined RALI Minnesota and will lend support to the group’s work in elevating effective programs to combat the opioid crisis.
“Pharmacists see the effects of addiction every day and, as a community, we are committed to advancing solutions to the opioid epidemic,” said Sarah Derr, Executive Director, Minnesota Pharmacists Association. “RALI Minnesota is doing important work in the state to help those who are struggling with substance misuse and prevent more lives from being lost. We look forward to working with all of RALI Minnesota’s partners in the weeks and months ahead.”
RALI Minnesota is focused on raising awareness of substance use disorders and addiction in Minnesota. The alliance of 20 organizations also provides practical tools to facilitate the proper disposal of medications and educate residents about the warning signs of addiction. The RALI CARES (Community. Awareness. Readiness. Engagement. Service) educational trailer recently visited the state to show community members how to spot hidden warning signs of substance misuse in the home. More than 1,000 Minnesotans toured the interactive experience, which is set up like a teenager’s bedroom with dozens of signs of misuse.
“The breadth of the opioid crisis is such that no one can sit back and wait for others to take action. We all have a role to play in helping to keep our communities safe,” said Bruce Nustad, President of the Minnesota Retailers Association. “By partnering with RALI Minnesota, we are lending our support and helping our statewide network of retailers join in this important effort.”
About RALI Minnesota
RALI Minnesota is an alliance of 20 local, state, and national organizations committed to finding solutions to end the opioid crisis in Minnesota. To learn more visit www.RALIMN.org.
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