Walgreens empowers NYC youth through 'ItEndsWithUs' opioid awareness campaign

Walgreens unveiled its national "ItEndsWithUs" initiative at WE Day UN at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. As part of the effort, Walgreens Ambassador Becky Savage—a mother whose two sons died from opioid overdose on the same night—spoke to thousands of youth about opioid awareness.

Walgreens unveiled its national "ItEndsWithUs" initiative at WE Day UN at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. As part of the effort, Walgreens Ambassador Becky Savage—a mother whose two sons died from opioid overdose on the same night—spoke to thousands of youth about opioid awareness. The #ItEndsWithUs campaign seeks to provide teens with resources and steps that they can take locally. Walgreens' safe medication kiosk disposal program that began in 2016. The kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused, or expired prescriptions year-round at no cost during regular pharmacy hours. More than 270 tons of medication have been safely collected and disposed through Walgreens Safe Medication disposal program to date. Walgreens has also made naloxone available without requiring a prescription at its pharmacies in New York. CDC estimates that overdose deaths among youth aged 15–19 increased by more than 19% between 2014 and 2015, and that nearly one-half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.