Pharmacy Students Present Generation Rx

by Kathryn Sill, Public Relations Writer

Professional pharmacy students at Cedarville University have developed a prescription drug abuse presentation called “Generation Rx” that will be shared with more than  500 students at Washington Middle School in Washington Court House, Ohio. The students will deliver the presentation six times throughout the day on October 27 beginning at 7:45 a.m. 

The 30-minute presentation took nine months of research and collaboration by professional pharmacy students and faculty to complete. The presentation will contain interviews of people who’ve experienced —  are recovering from — prescription drug abuse.

The American Pharmacist Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) partners with student chapters to educate health care providers, parents and students of the consequences of prescription drug abuse through the Generation Rx program.  The program is funded through a $10,000 research grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation

First- year professional pharmacy students Sarah Winey, Cedarville, Ohio, and Courtney Noll, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, began and have overseen the entire project. 

“Anybody is susceptible to the effects of prescription drug abuse,” said Winey.

“We want to get the word out about prescription drug abuse and target students at an early age,” said Noll. “The average age for someone who first abuses prescription drugs is 13 to 14 years old.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.