The nation’s mass shooting toll expanded May 24 after a gunman took the lives of at least 19 young children and two teachers at their Uvalde, Texas, elementary school.
The shocking event follows the May 14 mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and countless similar acts of violence that erode the fabric of our society.
ASHP mourns all those whose lives have been cut short in these tragedies. We extend our condolences to the families and communities that have been forever altered by the victims’ horrific deaths.
We desperately need remedies for the societal factors that allow, with heartbreaking regularity, the violent expression of rage and hatred.
ASHP policy 2035, Role of the Pharmacy Workforce in Violence Prevention, recognizes that violence is a public health crisis and calls for the profession to get involved in and help lead violence prevention initiatives in the workplace and the community.
ASHP supports a vision of pharmacy that improves the health and well-being of our neighbors, our communities, and the nation. We will continue to support the profession and work with our healthcare colleagues to counter the societal and public health impact of violence.