The Freedom School Learns Important Drug Misuse and Abuse Prevention Skills

Emily Keeler
08/09/2013
Ken HaleProfessor Ken Hale talks to students at the Freedom School.
A pharmacy student explains how to safely use and store eye drops.A pharmacy student explains how to safely use and store eye drops.
Young scholars work on a project.Young scholars work on a project.

Volunteers from Ohio State’s Generation Rx Initiative, the Cardinal Health Foundation, and the Ohio State University chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) recently visited the Freedom School to teach children about prescription drug misuse and abuse prevention.

Located in the Broad Street United Methodist Church, the Freedom School hosts over 100 scholars from kindergarten to high school. For this event they participated in an afternoon of fun and games while learning valuable skills related to prescription drug safety such as proper ways to dispose of drugs and safe ways to store medicines.  They also learned that medicine can help us when taken properly, yet it can make us sick if not taken as directed. Lessons are taught using the Generation Rx Elementary and Teen Toolkits that incorporate games and activities for an engaging learning experience. These toolkits are available to the public at no cost online.

A program of the Children’s Defense Fund, the Freedom School provides summer and after-school enrichment to foster a love of reading, increase self-esteem, and generate positive attitudes towards learning. Since 1995, approximately 90,000 children have had a Freedom Schools experience.

The Generation Rx Initiative began at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in 2007 as a program to enhance medication safety and combat the increasing misuse and abuse of prescription drugs through educational prevention. Partnering with the Cardinal Health Foundation, the program has created toolkits aimed at specific audiences that are available to the public at no cost. For more information on Generation Rx, visit go.osu.edu/generationrx.