American Public Health Association
A practicing pharmacist since 2005, Ashok Pinnamaraju is the owner of Williamson Road Pharmacy, an independent retail dispensary based in Roanoke, Virginia. Outside of his everyday work at his store, Ashok Pinnamaraju stays current with developments in his field through membership in groups such as the American Public Health Association (APHA).
In March 2018, APHA publicly praised lawmakers for public health funding included in the greater omnibus package passed by Congress. Institutions such as the CDC and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will receive major funding increases, with much of the investment going into training and ongoing professional development of members of the public health workforce.
The CDC will get more than $800 million in new money, with upwards of $500 million going toward programs to help prevent opioid abuse and overdoses. HRSA will also get a $500 million boost under the new package, with money allocated for primary health, maternal care, and rural health programs.
American Pharmacist Association (APhA)
An experienced pharmacist who has been practicing for more than a decade, Ashok Pinnamaraju is the owner of Williamson Road Pharmacy, an independent retail pharmacy located in Roanoke, Virginia. Outside of his daily work, Ashok Pinnamaraju stays active in his field through membership in groups such as the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).
The APhA recently weighed in on a new advisory issued by the surgeon general recommending that people who are frequently with family and friends at risk of overdosing on opioids consider keeping a dose of naloxone on hand in their homes. Naloxone is an emergency medication that can temporarily reverse opioid overdose effects.
While many emergency services personnel carry the drug, it is important to administer the drug as soon as possible, especially in rural areas where it may take an ambulance extra time to get to an overdosing individual. One of the primary ways that loved ones can obtain this potentially life-saving drug is through a pharmacist.