Health Science Students Tackle Drug SafetyFebruary 1, 2021
Truman’s Partners in Prevention, Residence Life, and Health Science students Haley Venable, Kirstyn Dietle, Molly Jones and Alec Mundle developed and implemented a plan to distribute information about prescription drug safety to residents in Ryle Hall, Missouri Hall, Centennial Hall, West Campus Suites and Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall from January 22-26. This small coalition of proactive students created hand made goody bags full of information about the safe disposal of prescription drugs, the prevention of drug misuse, and prescription drug safety. The goody bags also contained a range of promotional items with the https://www.mopip.org/RX/ website such as first aid kits, sleep masks, stress balls, pencil cases, pens, sticky notes, and stickers. This effort is built around a problem that affects all Americans, including the Truman State community. Some students may try to manage pain, stress, or other concerns by misusing medications, either with their own prescription or with medications for which they do not have prescriptions. With the MoSafeRx initiative, it is hoped that students will be educated about the dangers of prescription medication misuse, overdoses, and will feel empowered to call 911, knowing they are protected under Missouri’s Good Samaritan Law. The Student Public Health Association will be assisting with these health promotion efforts during the first week of February in Pershing Building.