Along with the Snellville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Drug Take Back initiative, students from the PCOM School of Pharmacy were recognized by the Snellville City Council on October 23 for their work in helping to keep narcotics and other prescribed medications out of the hands of children and those that may abuse unused and unwanted prescription medications.
Snellville City Council member Bobby Howard presented a proclamation to the students at a Snellville City Council meeting noting that as of April 2017, “over 2,000 pounds of unwanted and/or unused prescription medication have been disposed of as part of this effort.”
Seven second-, third- and fourth-year students were on hand to represent the PCOM students, members of the American Pharmacy Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity, who regularly participate in the twice a year National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. GA-PCOM’s chapter of APhA-ASP has led the partnership with the police department and the DEA since 2015.
Wesley Fischer (PharmD ’19), president of the Pharmacy Council and APhA-ASP Generation RxChair, said, “Those of us in attendance were honored to be recognized by the City of Snellville for our continued efforts to eliminate excess medications within the community.” He added, “Our continued coordination with the local police force and DEA help to build a safer environment throughout the region, and being observed for these accomplishments was appreciated.”
On Saturday, October 28, the biannual Drug Take Back Day was held and, according to AphA-ASP Chapter President Ricky Ayoung-Chee (PharmD ’19), 243 pounds of prescription medications were collected at the Snellville event. Participating, along with Fischer and Ayoung-Chee, were Linda Nguyen (PharmD ’19), Brad Allgood (PharmD ‘20), Nikki Dillard (PharmD ’21) and Nandi Rosier (PharmD ’21).
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine which has a storied history as a premier osteopathic medical school. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500.
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