Nursing, Student Affairs Address Health Issues
The Department of Nursing and the Office of Student Affairs received $10,000 from the Cardinal Health Foundation to expand knowledge about prescription medication misuse.
A series of educational events on and off campus will be held in conjunction with Alcohol Awareness week, with this year’s theme “Mugs & Drugs” Awareness. Flyers, posters, and speakers will help increase awareness of this growing social problem. Members of the Otterbein University Student Nurses Association will participate in health fairs on campus, in Westerville and at designated senior citizens centers or schools to increase community awareness. Additional educational activities are planned for Spring semester.
These activities and broad audiences will help increase awareness of the prescription drug abuse issue, increase knowledge of how to reduce access to prescription drugs, and create open forums to discuss the issue of prescription drug abuse. Dr. Marjorie Vogt and Dr. Mary McKelvey collaborated with Julie Saker, Director of Wellness Program. The Prescription Education Program (PEP) was initiated through meetings with the Department of Nursing, Office of Student Affairs, and the Otterbein University Student Nurses Association (OUSNA) with the assistance and support of the Ohio State University Generation Rx Program.