Student Pharmacists Give "Drugs Of Abuse" Presentations At Local High Schools

Drugs Of Abuse PresentationGroups of Duquesne University School of Pharmacy student pharmacists recently visited local high schools to educate students on the effects of addiction on the brain, body and development. Dr. Jane Cavanaugh, associate professor of pharmacology, and Dr. Jamie McConaha, associate professor of pharmacy practice, recently collaborated to add information on e-cigarettes and vaping to the presentation The Science of Addiction. Dr. Cavanaugh first developed the slides and started reaching out to the community in 2013.

On Monday, Nov. 11, Dr. McConaha and student pharmacists Carla Daniel, Christa Haddad, Micaleigh Noll, Jocelyn Cawoski, Sara Getsy, Madison Haduck and Samuel Aronson visited Peters Township High School in McMurray, PA and gave the presentation multiple times over four class periods, and student pharmacists Morgan Martinson, Sylvia Lombardo, Deidre Halapin, Lauren Smeltzer and Ashley Hu spoke with over 1,000 students, faculty, staff and administrators in two sessions at South Fayette High School in McDonald, PA on Friday, Nov. 15.

Additionally, Dr. Cavanaugh recently led a group of student pharmacists to the Barack Obama Academy of International Studies in East Liberty to give the presentation.

"These students did an amazing job with the presentation," McConaha said. "They were professional, represented the school well, and you can tell that the students really looked up to them."

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