Medicap donates to St. Ansgar schools for opioid awareness education

L to R: School Counselor Lori Riley, McHail Meyer, Max Meyer, Quinn Meyer, and Sophie Merten pose with the check from Medicap Pharmacy in Austin, to be used for educating St. Ansgar students about the dangers of drugs and prescription drug abuse. EJ Photo/Alex Schmidt

Medicap Pharmacy in Austin has donated $200 to the St. Ansgar Schools as a part of their campaign this year to “Take One to Save One”.

Last year, for every flu vaccine that Medicap administered, it donated back $1 to the Mower County Senior Center and the Arc Foundation. This year, they are donating the funds to local schools to help create and instill the awareness of how dangerous prescription drugs can be when used incorrectly or for recreational purposes.

“We hope that these funds will be funneled into a program that the school has in place to educate students about drugs or to purchase educational material for student use to help combat the ongoing opioid epidemic,” Chris Meyer of Medicap Pharmacy said.

Among the more than 64,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2016, the sharpest increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids prescribed for long-term pain, which took more than 20,000 lives last year, according to the CDC.

St. Ansgar Schools’ guidance counselors Lori Riley and Kim Brackey said that they would use the funds to bolster their efforts in the elementary, middle and high school during Red Ribbon week this October.

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