As a major pharmaceutical supplier, AmerisourceBergen uses sophisticated analytics to vet would-be customers and monitor every shipment of opioids — stopping, a company report estimates, “tens of thousands” of suspicious-looking orders.
That’s big, but Amerisource’s philanthropic arm, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, may have an even wider impact. Its grant program supports more than 140 community groups and nonprofits from Florida to Alaska with funding and other resources in the battle against addiction. Since 2017, the foundation has been donating drug disposal kits containing a chemical which, when combined with water, deactivates opioids, making them as harmless as sugar pills. It’s a safe alternative to simply throwing out unwanted drugs, which can then end up in the wrong hands. So far, AmerisiourceBergen’s distribution centers have delivered about a million of the kits to cities, towns, and military bases in 44 states.
To find out how your community organizations can apply for the drug deactivation resources that enable community members to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs in a safe and effective manner, visit the opioid resource grant program at AmerisourceBergen Foundation.