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Pharmacy students attend Utah School

Dr. Tom Kier, associate dean of pharmacy operations, and three students attended the 61st annual session of the University of Utah School of Medicine's School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies, June 17-22, 2012.

The students are Ryan Griffin, sixth-year pharmacy student from Lancaster, Ohio, Julie Zschoche, a fifth-year pharmacy student from Rochester, N.Y., and Heather Helsel, a fifth-year pharmacy student from Mentor, Ohio.

Helsel and Zschoche received a scholarship to attend the session from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) for Ohio Northern’s Academy of Student Pharmacists second-place finish in the national Generation Rx competition held during this year's APhA Annual meeting in New Orleans, La., held March 9-12.

Generation Rx is a program developed by the Ohio State College of Pharmacy, funded by a grant from Cardinal Health, and conducted in partnership with APhA.  The goal of Generation Rx is to prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription medications.

This year's Utah School was attended by over 300 student pharmacists, pharmacy faculty, pharmacists and pharmacy state board members representing 60 colleges of pharmacy.

The late Ronald L. Williams, a 1957 graduate of ONU's Raabe College of Pharmacy, was instrumental in starting the pharmacy section of the Utah School and the Pharmacists Recovery Networks (PRNs),  designed to assist pharmacists and student pharmacists who have become impaired by dependence on alcohol and other drugs.