Back in December 2019, in the midst of the pandemic, was the last time that the US held a Miss America pageant. While this might seem irrelevant to the pharmaceutical industry, the winner was actually a second-year pharmacy graduate student, Camille Schrier. She not only won the talent portion with a science experiment of catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, but she also ran on the platform, “Mind Your Meds”, which has a strong focus on the opioid epidemic and medication safety.
Camille has a strong passion for combating the opioid epidemic and medication abuse throughout the US. She believes that this issue deserves more media attention and funding in order to end the high death tolls associated with it. Schrier points out that people are rushing to overcome the pandemic that we are currently in while we have had an epidemic of addiction and substance use disorder in our country that has barley any media attention due to the stigma it has. This has been a major influence on her advocacy for the problem and for her to become a pharmacist in the first place.
Camille is not fighting this fight alone. She has reverse distributors, like GRx, on her side. Reverse distribution helps this cause by taking prescription medications off the street that can be addictive and harmful when used improperly. If pharmacies were to dispose of medications on their own without a reverse distributor’s help, those potentially harmful meds can end us either in our water supply, our earth, or in the garbage where anyone can pick them up. Visit our website to see how GRx can help you do your part in this epidemic.