Snellville City Council Recognizes Pharmacy Students
October 30, 2017
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
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, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
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. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. 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 pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
For more information, contact: Barbara Myers Senior Public Relations Manager Email: BarbaraMy@pcom.edu Office: 678-225-7532 | Cell: