WASHINGTON, DC—The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is deeply saddened by the horrific mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, elementary school in which a gunman took the lives of at least 19 young children and two dedicated teachers. We express our sincere condolences to all affected by this tragedy, including those who lost their lives, those still fighting for their lives, and loved ones forever impacted by this tragedy.
As an organization that represents health care professionals who are dedicated to the health, well-being, and safety of the individuals and communities we serve, we once again acknowledge the pain, anger, and anxiety that many of our patients, colleagues, and family members are feeling during this time. APhA reaffirms the need for communities and policy makers to address gun violence, mental health service needs, public safety, and the building of stronger and safer communities.
The safety of our children and communities must be secured. APhA policy advocates that individuals should be safe in their work and learning environments, and that they should be free from firearm-related violence. In addition, APhA believes that individuals impacted by these events, either directly or indirectly, should have access to mental health resources and be encouraged to use them. APhA acknowledges that mental health is public health.
As we all continue to process so many recent acts of violence, APhA and the pharmacy profession stand ready to work side-by-side with our colleagues and communities to support one another, address the mental health needs of those at risk, resolve our nation’s public health issues, and ensure public safety.
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