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Giant Food intros Taste of Inspirations line

BY DSN STAFF

Giant Food has introduced a new line of premium food products, Taste of Inspirations. Containing more than 85 handcrafted items, the line is available in all 166 of the Landover, M.D.-based company’s locations.

Taste of Inspirations features pastas, sauces, frozen appetizers, pizzas, desserts, marinades, dressings and more, the company said. Notable items within the line include three herb fettuccine, grilled pineapple barbecue sauce, sweet bourbon marinade, white chocolate raspberry gelato and chocolate lava cake.

“We are excited for our shoppers to discover new favorites with the introduction of the Taste of Inspirations line,” Tonya Herring, senior vice president of merchandising at Giant Food, said. “From shaking up the regular dinner routine with our grilled pineapple BBQ sauce, to treating dinner guests to our chocolate lava cake, this line can be part of the everyday indulgences that bring something extra special to our customers, helping them create memorable dining experiences with ease.”

To celebrate the launch, Giant Food will offer shoppers in-store tasting on April 28 and 29. More information on the line can be found on the company’s website.

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Walgreens brings #ItEndsWithUs campaign to Los Angeles

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After previously teaming up to educate Dallas teens on the opioid epidemic, Walgreens and actor Brandon Larracuente are bringing the #ItEndsWithUs campaign to Los Angeles.

As part of the annual WE Day California celebration, more than 15,000 area youth will hear real stories of addiction. The retailer will educate those in attendance on how it is working to combat the epidemic and provide teens with resources and positive steps they can take in their community.

Brandon Larracuente from Netflix’s “Bloodline” and “13 Reasons Why”, who lost a close friend to opioid addiction, will speak via video message to introduce the campaign those at the event.

“The opioid epidemic is an issue affecting our generation and I am proud to work with Walgreens on their #ItEndsWithUs campaign,” Larracuente said. “The first step is raising awareness, the second is education on the opioid epidemic and the third is driving positive change. Through #ItEndsWithUs, we hope teens will follow these steps and encourage others to join the movement to end the opioid epidemic.”

Larracuente also will introduce Adelle Bella, an Irvine, Calif., millennial who overcame her addiction and is now working with Walgreens to educate teens on the issue.

The #ItEndsWithUs campaign began as an effort to help combat the national opioid crisis, and as part of its continuing efforts to combat drug abuse, Walgreens has made naloxone available without a prescription in its pharmacies across California and installed safe medication disposal kiosks in 600 locations across 45 states.

Following WE Day California, Walgreens will continue to create awareness on the opioid epidemic at WE Day events in Chicago and Seattle.

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Rite Aid increases naloxone access across pharmacies in several states

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Rite Aid announced that naloxone, which can be used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose, will be available in more than 2,500 pharmacies across the United States without a prescription. This news comes after the retailer expanded access to the medication across six states in the previous year.

“The opioid epidemic has reached epic proportions and it is an issue that demands not only our attention but also our continued action to help reduce the rise in opioid deaths,” Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy, said. “For the past two years, we’ve worked with state and federal lawmakers to increase access to this life-saving medication. We support the Surgeon General’s recent Advisory on the importance of naloxone and are committed to offering it to our customers in all of the communities we serve.”

The Camp Hill, P.A.-based company’s pharmacists have been supplied with additional training to dispense the medication and provide counseling to patients who purchase it.

Pharmacies in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, currently have a stock of naloxone, the company said.

In addition to increasing access to the medication, Rite Aid is taking other measures to address drug misuse and abuse, which include:

  • Supporting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for prescribing opioids by limiting acute opioid prescriptions to a seven day supply, limiting the daily dosage of opioids dispensed based on the strength of the opioid and requiring the use of immediate-release formulations of opioids before extended-release opioids are dispensed;
  • Continuing the on-going education and training of its pharmacists by including risk factors for opioid abuse, identifying symptoms of an overdose, what to do in the event of an overdose, an overview of various naloxone therapies available, proper administration, and recommendations for follow-up care;
  • Participating in prescription drug monitoring programs, such as “red flag” process for which pharmacists are able to regularly review prescriptions for patients not known by the pharmacy, or where there may be concerns or suspicions of misuse, and the implementation of a process to identify and discontinue filling prescriptions from prescribers with questionable writing practices;
  • Increasing patient education efforts by giving all patients receiving opioid prescriptions a handout on opioid use, safe storage, disposal and proper use of naloxone. All patients with new opioid prescriptions will receive mandatory counseling on their prescription from a Rite Aid pharmacist;
  • Adding resources on drug safety and disposal on its website where a disposal site in the community can be searched for, learning how to properly dispose of medication at home, and accessing resources provided by the Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration; and
  • Supporting National Take-Back Days by encouraging patients to bring their unused or unwanted medications to one of the designated sites sponsored by local law enforcement and the DEA.

Further information can be found by visiting Rite Aid’s website.

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