November 29, 2017
Generation Rx, a program developed to promote safe medication practices and help prevent the misuse of prescription medications, celebrated its 10-year anniversary and recently recognized partners at a luncheon to commemorate the event at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI).
Generation Rx began with The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy recognizing the scope, causes and consequences of prescription drug misuse in 2007. Soon thereafter, in 2009, the Cardinal Health Foundation became the first major partner for the program, and has remained an integral partner ever since. Cardinal Health, along with many other people and organizations, have helped to shape the program and bring it to a national audience of millions in every U.S. state. Generation Rx Partners Awards were presented to several key partners, including:
- The Cardinal Health Foundation
- The Generation Rx Collaborative
- Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery
- 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.
Co-directors Kenneth M. Hale, RPh, PhD, and Nicole C. Kwiek, PhD, emphasized how the project is truly a group effort.
"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."
The program began with one community toolkit and has grown to seven distinct open-source resources aimed at specific populations that are available at GenerationRx.org. In addition to these resources, myriad additional activities have been implemented including television programming, collaborations with schools, digital media, special events, and the Generation Rx Lab at COSI, an interactive space where visitors can perform experiments to learn about the science behind medicines.
The most recent endeavor is a new online program that uses Generation Rx as a platform to connect pharmacists, K-12 educators, and OSU Extension educators to support opioid safety education for youth. While the focus of the current collaboration is aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic, this connection between content experts and the community can be used as a framework for addressing future medication safety topics.
"Medications are integral to improving our health, but only when used properly," said Kwiek. "By establishing this collaborative educational model, we can address any medication-related issue and continue to promote safe medication-taking practices to people in Ohio and across the United States."
For more information, or to download any of the free resources, visit GenerationRx.org.
About Generation Rx:
The mission of Generation Rx is to educate people of all ages about the potential dangers of misusing prescription medications. In doing so, we strive to enhance medication safety among our youth, college students, other adults in our communities, and seniors. The College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University and the Cardinal Health Foundation have partnered to provide open source educational materials that anyone can use to help prevent the misuse of prescription drugs. These ready-to-use resources are designed to provide everything you need to make a presentation or offer a program in your community, school or college. Learn more at GenerationRx.org.