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Publish Date: 02/22/99
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UC College of Pharmacy Students Speak Out Against Drugs and Alcohol

Cincinnati—Student volunteers from the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Pharmacy are visiting local schools to speak with third and fourth graders about the health risks associated with drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and inhalant abuse from February 22 to March 5. According to Greg Goodwin,a UC pharmacy student and coordinator of this drug awareness program, the College of Pharmacy volunteers will speak to almost 1,300 elementary school children in public, private, and parochial schools in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The volunteer speakers will demonstrate how some pills that look just like candy can kill a young child. "The ultimate message is don't take a pill unless you know what it is and it has been prescribed by your physician," says Goodwin. The life-threatening dangers of inhalants, such as paint, glue, or gas sniffing, will also be explained. The pharmacy students will give out literature provided by the Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center, which is affiliated with the Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Fifty volunteers will be giving presentations at 25 different schools within the two-week period, says Goodwin.

The College of Pharmacy students volunteer for outreach community projects like this each year to help Greater Cincinnati's young generation make healthier choices in their lives. Associate Dean Robert Lee, PhD, of the College of Pharmacy is the advisor for this project. Approximately one-third of all of the UC College of Pharmacy students are participating in this year's project. For more information, call Greg Goodwin at 923-9232 or 758-0112.

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