Alumni Symposium centers on preventing drug misuse in the community

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November 30, 2017

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The College of Pharmacy held its annual Alumni Symposium, Caring for Our Communities; Addressing Drug Misuse in Today’s World, on October 6, 2017, at The Center of Science and Industry (COSI). More than 170 Buckeye alumni and community partners attended the event.

This continuing education opportunity offered tracks for pharmacists and Ohio State Extension partners, opioid patient education program information, a Generation Rx resource overview, opportunities for community collaboration for prevention of drug misuse and legislative and law updates and education.

Dr. Mark Hurst, medical director of the State of Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, provided the keynote address, “The Opioid Epidemic in Ohio:  How did we get here? Where are we headed?” Dr. Hurst discussed the landscape of the opioid crisis in Ohio, including effective prevention and treatment options. Attendees learned about the importance of utilizing modern evidence-based practices to treat patients with opioid use disorders, and the current and planned Ohio efforts to decrease these disorders and opioid-related facilities.

During the symposium’s lunch, Dr. Ken Hale and Dr. Nicole Kwiek, co-directors of Generation Rx, presented awards to several key partners, including:

  • The Cardinal Health Foundation
  • COSI
  • The Generation Rx Collaborative
  • Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery
  • Kroger
  • Ohio Pharmacists Association
  • Ohio State University Extension
  • Origo Branding Company
  • Prevention Action Alliance
  • Schieber Family Pharmacy
  • WOSU Public Media
  • Working Partners

Each organization received an award to commemorate Generation Rx's milestone and their part in helping with the success of the program.

"While we recognized these 12 key partners, there are many individuals and other groups who also contributed to Generation Rx," said Hale. "Without the strong involvement of students, organizations, and other stakeholders, Generation Rx would not have reached its great potential. Our thanks go out to all of you."