Dr. Astle Named Recipient of 2021 Pittsburgh Recovery Walk Award
Dr. Janet K. Astle, Assistant Dean for Student Services with the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, has been named the recipient of the Recovery Advocate Award for 2021 by the Pittsburgh Recovery Walk. The Recovery Advocate Award is given to an individual who has worked to change policy or public opinion about addiction and recovery.
Her nomination read simply: "Janet's dedication to serving students and the community is evident in everything that she does." Dr. Astle has placed a special emphasis on educating students on substance use disorders and is helping to create a new generation of competent, compassionate healthcare professionals.
In 2019, she received a grant from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation/Opioid Resource to develop a Substance Use Disorder certificate program for healthcare professionals and students that explores addiction as an illness, the role of stigma as a barrier to treatment, and the identification and referral for at-risk patients. Since its creation, over 700 healthcare professionals have completed the certificate program. A second certificate program examining the treatment of substance use disorders and alternative approaches to pain management launched in September.
Additionally, each January, she helps coordinate a Substance Use Disorder Awareness Program that is required for student pharmacists and students in the occupational therapy and physician assistant programs at Duquesne University to attend.
Furthermore, she trains students to be advocates. Since 2012, she has led pharmacy students on a class trip to Washington, D.C to discuss policy issues with legislators. Recent visits have focused on the pharmacist's role in addressing the opioid crisis, prescription drug take back programs, naloxone as rescue medication, prescription drug monitoring programs and more.
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