PCP Community Pharmacy Naloxone Outreach Effort
Published on April 26, 2017
PCP students and faculty embarked on a pharmacy education effort with USciences, Pennsylvania
Department of Health, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and Prevention Point
Volunteers included a total of 20 outreach teams composed of approximately 50 student pharmacists from PCP, 10 faculty and pharmacist volunteers, and 15 community volunteers from Prevention Point Philadelphia and Angels in Motion.
Media coverage on WHYY: “Pharmacy students see first-hand Philadelphia's naloxone shortage” by Joel Wolfram, April 25, 2017
“City Councilman David Oh, Councilman At-Large with the City of Philadelphia, heard the media report on WHYY about the community pharmacy engagement effort. Following the report, Councilman Oh wanted to present the students with a Resolution in appreciation for everyone’s efforts! Earlier today, the resolution was introduced and passed by City Council honoring the work of the Generation Rx Student Chapter at the University of the Sciences.”
This is truly a testament to everyone’s hard work and the collaborative effort of all the students and organizations involved. Great work everyone and I am honored to be working with such an amazing team!
Please find below a copy of the resolution attached and congratulations to the Generation Rx team for this accomplishment.
Honoring And Thanking The University Of The Sciences Philadelphia College Of Pharmacy’s GenerationRx Student Chapter For Its Vision, Leadership, And Commitment In Developing And Successfully Implementing A Program To Educate Philadelphia Area Pharmacists About Increased Access To Naloxone
WHEREAS, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, like the rest of the Nation, is currently suffering the worst overdose epidemic in history. In Philadelphia alone, 702 people died from drug overdoses in 2015, rising by 28% in one year to approximately 900 in 2016; and
WHEREAS, Naloxone is an effective medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug, such as prescription pain medications or heroin, and thus save lives; and
WHEREAS, The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed legislation and the State Physician General issued a standing order allowing people to obtain and administer Naloxone without a prescription; and
WHEREAS, Many Philadelphia pharmacies were not regularly stocking or dispensing Naloxone, and many of the Pharmacists were unaware or uncertain about the details of the State Naxalone standing order; and
WHEREAS, Students from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences saw this as an opportunity to utilize their expertise and training to help educate their peers in pharmacy about increased access to Naloxone; and
WHEREAS, Sonia Jacob, Chair of The University of the Sciences Philadelphia College of Pharmacy’s GenerationRx Student Chapter; and Co-Chairs Sidra Kazmi, Arun Nair, Maitri Patel, and Toobah Wali; and over 50 other Student Pharmacist Volunteers; developed and implemented a successful strategy to visit and educate Philadelphia Area Pharmacists about the State-authorized increased access to Naloxone; and
WHEREAS, The Vision, Leadership, and Commitment of these students is an inspiration to all, and will undoubtedly result in saved lives in Philadelphia; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That we hereby honor and thank The University of the Sciences Philadelphia College of Pharmacy’s GenerationRx Student Chapter for its Vision, Leadership, And Commitment in developing and successfully implementing a program to educate Philadelphia Area Pharmacists about increased access to Naloxone; and
RESOLVED FURTHER, That an Engrossed copy of this resolution be presented to Sonia Jacob, Chair of the GenerationRx Student Chapter, evidencing the solemn respect of this legislative body.
May 4, 2017