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Shoppers Drug Mart is supporting pharmacist training and education for addiction treatment led by the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU).

Shoppers Drug Mart is giving $2 million to the University of British Columbia to establish the Shoppers Drug Mart Addiction Pharmacy Fellowship to support pharmacist-focused addiction treatment.

"This is a national problem, affecting our patients, customers, friends and family members,” says Jeff Leger, president, Shoppers Drug Mart. “Over the past few years, our pharmacy teams have been called upon to help more and more patients struggling with opioid addiction. We want to continue to be a positive force for change and believe today's announcement is another important step.”

Pharmacists can be trained to provide healthcare for Canadians who use substances or have substance use disorders.

The fellowship will be part of the largest addition medicine fellowship program in North America.

"In partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart, the BC Centre on Substance Use is developing a comprehensive pharmacist training program that will mobilize expertise and new knowledge to benefit Canadians who use substances or with an addiction," says Cheyenne Johnson, executive director of the BCCSU. "By working together, we can achieve our shared goal of expanding capacity within the healthcare system from prevention to recovery to ultimately improve the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities who are impacted by addiction."

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