Prescription  |  Vol 12 Issue 1  | June 2017
From The Executive Director
Kevin Rich, Executive Director
It doesn't seem possible that winter is over and we are enjoying one of my favorite seasons, Spring.
Although winter was very mild in Oklahoma, the flu season was brutal. I hope everyone reading this newsletter was able to avoid the flu and other health issues this past winter. Spring signals beautiful flowers, trees coming back to life, swimming pools open, gardens being planted and vacation plans being made. Don't forget to take time for yourself both mentally and physically. Always remember to stop and look at the leaves on the trees, smell the flowers blooming and listen to the birds signing. If you find yourself struggling, especially during this season, don't hesitate to reach out to Oklahoma Pharmacists Helping Pharmacists (OPHP) for help that is readily available if needed. If you know someone struggling, I hope you will be willing to be available for them if necessary. If you are a pharmacist or student pharmacist and you are struggling personally with the disease of chemical dependency or other mental health issues, I would encourage you to call OPHP today and self-report your issues now. The advantages of self-reporting your own issues of chemical dependency or mental health issues are that you are able to get well or get in recovery, and if there are no legal or complaint issues, the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy does not get involved. This is a tremendous opportunity, so don't let it slip away. If you are suffering from chemical dependency or other mental health issues call OPHP before it is too late, resulting in disciplinary action on your intern/pharmacy license or other legal consequences. Both articles included in this issue are very informative and I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for their contribution to our readers. 
In this issue Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation has provided a two part article:
1.       "The Cost of Addiction in the Workplace"           
2.       "How to Help an Employee Struggling with Addiction"

A recent student pharmacist/intern completing her rotation at the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association (OPhA) was able to attend an OPHP Board of Director's Meeting. In this issue of "Prescription" she shares about her experience and what she learned. 

Also, in this issue I have also included an article "Identifying the Problem". I hope this will help and always remember to trust your instincts and call OPHP immediately, this could be one of the best gifts you can provide someone who is suffering from chemical dependency. 
I encourage any pharmacist or student pharmacist that may be struggling with chemical dependency or any other mental health issue, or if you know a pharmacist or student pharmacist you think may be struggling, to call the OPHP Help Line. 

OPHP Helpline:
800-260-7574 x 5773 (statewide)
405-557-5773 (local)
The Cost of Addiction in the Workplace
Hazelden Betty Ford

Substance use impacts more than just those addicted and their loved ones. The enormous costs of alcohol or other drug addictions in the workplace can be measured in lost productivity, as well as in accidents, injuries, and fatalities. What is the scope of the problem, and what can employers do in order to effectively respond to this issue? 
How to Help an Employee Struggling with Addiction
Hazelden Betty Ford

Of the nearly 15 million Americans who use illegal drugs, 70 percent are employed, and many workers spend two-thirds of their lives at work. How can employers reduce their own costs while helping their employees to be healthier and more productive? 

This question is examined closely within part one of this Q and A with Pablo McCabe, LCSW, the director of national and strategic accounts for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

In this second installment, Pablo gives tangible ways employers can recognize and support those struggling with addiction. 




A recent student pharmacist/intern completing her rotation at the

Oklahoma Pharmacists Association (OPhA) was able to sit in on an OPHP Board of Director's Meeting. In this issue of "Prescription" she shares about her experience and what she learned. 




Identifying the Problem

Chemical dependency is a cunning, baffling, miserable disease. Denial is a major factor involved stopping those with this disease from seeking help for themselves. So often concerned family members, friends and colleagues, express knowledge that a problem exists, but are unable to identify it. The following Impaired Pharmacist Symptom Inventory may help to identify the problem, and get them the help that is so readily available before it is too late. 

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to OPHP. These contributions assist pharmacists and pharmacy students with the recovery process. To make a donation, please use the form below or click here to make a donation online. For those who have made a contribution this year, please accept our sincere thanks.

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