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Smart & Safe promotes safe prescription, use and disposal of medications.

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THE PUBLIC

Patients play a big role in keeping powerful medications out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them.

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PHYSICIANS

Education is critical for physicians who prescribe opioids and other medications.

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Prescription abuse is a serious and deadly problem in our country. Do you know someone who needs help?

Take Back Alabama 2018 a Huge Success

REVISED APRIL 27, 2018 ─ The Medical Association’s Take Back Alabama Week kicked off this week with a press conference at Walgreens in Birmingham on Monday, April 23. Representatives from AmerisourceBergen, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Pfizer, Prime […]

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UPDATE: BCBS New Opioid Management Strategy Effective April 1

UPDATED MARCH 21, 2018 — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is launching an opioid management strategy in an effort to battle the growing opioid epidemic in Alabama, as well as a response to concerns for customers’ care and […]

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An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs

 
Consider it America’s other prescription drug epidemic.
For decades, experts have warned that older Americans are taking too many unnecessary drugs, often prescribed by multiple doctors, for dubious or unknown reasons. Researchers estimate that 25 percent of people ages 65 to 69 take at […]

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Study: Range of Opioid Prescribers Play Important Role in Epidemic

 
A cross-section of opioid prescribers that typically do not prescribe large volumes of opioids, including primary care physicians, surgeons and non-physician health care providers, frequently prescribe opioids to high-risk patients, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns […]

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CVS Pharmacy, Others to Limit Prescriptions for Opioids

 
Beginning in February 2018, CVS Pharmacy will limit the dose of opioid pain medication and restrict new prescriptions for acute pain to a 7-day supply, which adheres to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for prescribing opioids. This […]

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