The Weekly Roundup

January 07, 2017 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

'Tis the season for the ‘best of’ lists. As I vacillated this week on whether to make my own, and thumbed through page-after-page-after-page of stories on the opioid crisis, I couldn’t help but be reminded that I was beginning to compile one of those “worst of” lists. Infant drug dependence. Opioid abuse among the elderly. The staggering numbers that make prescription opioid overdose the largest driver in drug overdose deaths in the nation. 

We’ve talked on these pages about the role that pharmacists can play in curbing abuse: prevention efforts, community coalitions, and drug take-back programs, to name but a few. As we enter a new year, I would encourage you to drop us a line and let us know what we’ve missed. What is working in your stores? Have you seen some successes? We’d love to spread the learning and share your stories. You can reach me at

Here are few other stories that might be of interest:

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Pamela Youngberg Dickson

Before she came to Smart-Fill, Pamela developed marketing strategy and content for a range of technology start-ups and large-cap enterprises. Outside the office, she's into gardening, renaissance history, the Big Ten, and exploring the great outdoors.