University of Charleston School of Pharmacy Students Present Generation Rx
Charleston, WV – During American Pharmacist Month in October, over 60 University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) student pharmacists will visit 500 students in 25 third grade classrooms throughout Kanawha County to deliver Generation Rx, a prescription drug misuse information and prevention program.
This evidence-based program was 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. The program also encourages healthcare providers, community leaders, parents, teens, and college students to actively work to prevent abuse.
“We know that prescription and illicit drug use is a huge concern for our community. Most persons start misusing prescription drugs as early as age eleven,” explained Dr. Susan Gardner, UCSOP Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs. “Through this outreach effort, our student pharmacists are working to educate children early to let them know the dangers of prescription drug misuse as well as share information about medication safety.”