During February 2018, University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) student pharmacists will visit 25 third-grade classrooms throughout Kanawha County to deliver Generation Rx, a prescription drug misuse information and prevention program. The program, serving as a partnership between UCSOP, Kanawha County Schools (KCS) and Kanawha Communities That Care (KVCTC), will be part of UCSOP’s involvement in the 2018 National Consumers League Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge – a two-month long intercollegiate campaign where student pharmacists find creative ways to educate the public through a series of events pertaining to medication safety.
The visit to the third-grade classrooms during the spring 2018 semester serves as a follow-up visit to the children who initially received the presentation in October 2017.
In addition, student pharmacists will be expanding upon the Generation Rx outreach program with a presentation targeted toward six pre-kindergarten classrooms throughout Kanawha County. These sessions will provide a simple, three-point presentation with a coloring page and contest. Information will also be sent home to parents on the importance of storing and disposing of medications properly.
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. The program also encourages healthcare providers, community leaders, parents, teens, and college students to actively work to prevent abuse.
“The messaging our student pharmacists share through Generation Rx is so important for elementary-age students,” said Dr. Susan Gardner, UCSOP’s assistant dean for professional and student affairs. “Nationwide 5,700 persons age 12 or older abuse a prescription medication every day. Reaching children early and educating them about medication safety is crucial in combatting prescription drug abuse and encouraging adherence.”