April 26, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – The Generation Rx Collaborative, a student group at Ohio State dedicated to medication safety and misuse prevention education, was named the 2017 recipient of the Student Group Award for Excellence in Community Service Programming by The Ohio State University Office of Engagement. The award will be presented during the annual Engagement Forum on May 3rd at the Ohio Union.
The Generation Rx Collaborative serves as a conduit through which several student groups in the College of Pharmacy work together to promote medication safety in the Central Ohio area and beyond. Through a variety of events they teach the public using Generation Rx resources. As of January 2017, the group has impacted over 36,000 people to help educate them about safe medication practices and the danger of the misuse of prescription medications.
The group has accomplished much this year. Highlights include contracting with the Columbus Blue Jackets to host a Generation Rx Night at Nationwide Arena, multiple presentations to students at Columbus City Schools, hosting a campus-wide candlelight vigil in remembrance of those that have lost their battle to addiction, holding biennial Drug-Take Back Days at the Wilce Student Health Center where nearly two hundred pounds of unused or unwanted medication were collected, and a collaboration with the Collegiate Recovery Community to host a Recovery Ally Training for student pharmacists to serve as patient advocates.
The Student Group Award for Excellence in Community Service Programming is presented by the Office of Student Life, Office of Outreach and Engagement, and the Office of Service-Learning to recognize student groups at The Ohio State University who have rendered exceptional outreach and/or engagement within Ohio’s communities through partnership with a community agency. This award is given to student group that have truly distinguished themselves through their efforts. The recipient of this award has made a significant contribution to our institution’s culture of engagement, further establishing and strengthening Ohio State’s commitment to supporting the communities we serve.
Established in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is a global leader in pharmaceutical education, research, and clinical practice. As part of one of the most comprehensive health sciences campus in the nation, the college is home to world-class faculty, dedicated researchers and top students who are leading the way in pharmacy education, practice and research. The college’s professional program is currently ranked 6th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.