How to build a pharmacy school
With pharmacy school programs starting to pop up around the country, some educators have begun to think about the benefits of having a place to train pharmacy students.
But for many, the potential of these programs for students is not immediately apparent.
“There are so many different things that are out there, and it’s hard to tell if you’re going to find the right one for you,” said Mary Lou, founder of the nonprofit DrugSmart.
The nonprofit offers online training to parents of students enrolled in drug education programs.
Lou’s organization started a drug education program called DrugSmart in 2014, but the first year, only about 300 students enrolled.
Today, the program enrolls nearly 8,000 students.
The program’s success depends in part on a mix of the students’ personal and academic backgrounds, Lou said.
“The more you have kids that have been trained in the arts and sciences and engineering, that have an education, that are willing to be out in the field, then it will make a big difference in the success of the program,” she said.
Lou said her organization has a lot of success with students with disabilities.
When her students are ready to take the drug tests, they have to take them on an app called My Pharmacy.
This app lets them download an electronic drug test kit, which is an actual test administered by a pharmacist, to help determine if the students have the required qualifications.
“If they’re not proficient in reading, writing, math, science, they’re going not going to be accepted,” Lou said, adding that the program is more successful if the kids can read and write.
If a student is struggling to learn the material, Lou says, it may be a good idea to take a course in drug testing and get them licensed to practice pharmacy.
In addition to drug testing, the DrugSmart program offers other education benefits to students, including drug counseling and job training.
Lou said that for many families, drug testing is the first step in the process of making the transition to a career in pharmacy.
“Drugs have changed the lives of so many people,” Lou added.
A program like DrugSmart, she said, gives them a chance to become part of a community that can help them make the transition.
For the past few years, Lou has been working with a number of schools to bring these programs to the Bay Area.
She said her group has worked with several schools in the Bay area, but has found that many of them were not interested in taking her proposal.
“The reason we decided to go public is because we think it’s important for kids to be involved in the community, so they can make an informed decision on what they want to do,” Lou explained.
“But we can’t do it without your support.”
For parents, DrugSmart offers the option of working with teachers, who will work with the students and their parents on drug safety and training.
The program is open to anyone with a high school diploma or GED, and Lou said that she expects to be expanding this program to schools across the region.
Libraries across the Bay region are also getting in on the drug education game.
The nonprofit DrugFree Oakland started a school, Pharmacy Prep, in 2017, and now has more than 600 students.
Pharmacy Prep offers a program called Pharmacy for All, which gives students a drug testing kit to test for prescription drugs and also helps students develop an addiction to drugs.
Parents can also work with drug education teachers, according to DrugFree.
The organization says its mission is to help kids who struggle with drug use get help so they don’t end up in jail or in jail and prison.
More programs like DrugFreeOakland are also popping up all over the country.
An online drug education group called DrugFree Schools started in February and is working to provide drug education in schools in some of the most populous cities in the country and across the globe.
Students at these schools are also offered drug testing opportunities.
DrugFree Schools is not the only program that’s offering drug testing to students at its schools.
A program called The DrugFree Institute has trained more than 2,000 high school students and college students to administer drug testing.
Its goal is to reach as many students as possible, but it does not offer drug testing at the high school level.
At the university level, there are other organizations offering drug education.
And in some states, such as in Georgia, it is a crime to be in a drug rehabilitation program.
Still, Lou doesn’t see any reason why these programs couldn’t be offered at a high-school level.
“What we do have a very strong program, but we also have to be really careful,” Lou noted.
But the potential for drug education at a school level is not limited to high schools.
A recent study found that more than two-thirds of high school seniors who were enrolled in high school drug education