The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy Delivers Generation Rx Presentation to the Charleston Police Department Junior Police and Leadership Academy

7/9/2018

Charleston, WV – University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) student pharmacists will be presenting Generation Rx, a prescription drug misuse information and prevention program, to approximately 30 middle school participants in the Charleston Police Department Junior Police Academy at Capitol High School on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 3:00pm.

The primary directive of the Charleston Police Department Junior Police and Leadership Academy is to instill leadership qualities in youth so they can be a positive influence among their peers. 

Generation Rx is an evidence-based program developed in collaboration with the Cardinal Health Foundation, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and The Ohio State University School of Pharmacy. The Generation Rx curriculum is designed to increase public awareness of prescription medication abuse and medication safety and encourage healthcare providers, community leaders, parents, teens, and college students to actively work to prevent abuse.

“West Virginia is at the heart of the opioid crisis and we believe it is important to educate our youth about prescription drug abuse,” stated Lieutenant Paul Perdue, Charleston Police Department Public Services Division Commander.  “We hope our cadets can return to their communities and pass on what they have learned to their friends.”

“We know that prescription drug misuse and opioid abuse is a huge concern for our community, and we’ve learned most persons start misusing prescription drugs as early as age eleven,” explained Dr. Susan Gardner Bissett, UCSOP Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs. “Through this partnership with the Charleston Police Department Junior Police and Leadership Academy, our student pharmacists can continue their outreach efforts in working to educate children early to let them know the dangers of prescription drug misuse, learn information about medication safety, and hopefully pass this knowledge on to their peers.”