by Public Relations
Jeffrey Lewis, R.Ph., Pharm.D., associate dean of the school of pharmacy, met with R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, on May 8, 2012, for a discussion regarding the national epidemic of prescription drug overdose.
The private meeting was held in Columbus, Ohio, at the invitation of the Executive Office of the President during Ohio’s 2012 Opiate Summit. John Stanovich, assistant dean of the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy, also joined the discussion.
Ohio’s 2012 Opiate Summit welcomed a variety of professionals seeking to better understand the opiate epidemic in Ohio, recognize current efforts aimed at curtailing the epidemic, and discover new tools and solutions to aid in combating the epidemic.
Lewis shared that the present epidemic of prescription drug overdose is one of the most pressing medical and health concerns of our nation.
“Cedarville’s school of pharmacy is committed to understanding and collaboratively addressing this issue in a way that makes a defined, positive impact on our communities,” Lewis said.
He stated that the school of pharmacy will engage the issue on many fronts including training students in the appropriate use of prescription drugs of potential abuse, in recognizing and treating drug addictions, and in communication strategies with patients, healthcare providers and caregivers.
“We will also engage in community and professional education regarding these topics as well as conduct research into the causes and solutions of this epidemic,” Lewis shared. “Cedarville’s school of pharmacy will be at the forefront of addressing this public health crisis.”
Lewis noted that many health professions schools — such as medical, dental, nursing and pharmacy — spend little time educating and training students on this topic.
“Our program will intentionally integrate content on these topics throughout the four-year professional curriculum,” Lewis said.
Lewis said that he has agreed to remain in contact with the executive office per Kerlikowske’s request. Plans have been made for a follow-up exchange of information.
Cedarville’s school of pharmacy recently received precandidate status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), which authorizes the school of pharmacy to matriculate its first class of professional students in the fall of 2012. The school of pharmacy seeks to be the school of choice for Christian students as it focuses on training exceptional pharmacy practitioners who embody Christlike compassion and pursue innovative solutions for the health and medical profession.
Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of inspiring greatness, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.