HPU to Bring Free Over-the-Counter Medicine to Community

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 17, 2016 – High Point University, NC MedAssist, High Point Community Foundation and High Point Seventh-Day Adventist Church will hold a free Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medicine Give Away Day in High Point on Friday, April 1. The event is open to any individual or family needing OTC medication and will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HPU Community Center inside Oak Hollow Mall (921 Eastchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262).

“We are honored to support the Over-the-Counter Medicine Give Away in High Point on April 1,” said Dr. Joseph Blosser, Community Foundation board member and Robert G. Culp Jr. director of service learning and assistant professor of religion and philosophy at High Point University. “We’re proud to partner with High Point Seventh-Day Adventist and NC MedAssist so that HPU pharmacy faculty, bio-medical ethics students and the HPU School of Health Sciences and the School of Pharmacy can offer needed consultations and medications. We are High Point’s University, and this is our values-based education in action.”

This will be the third OTC event held in the High Point area. Last October, over 1,100 individuals received over $80 worth of OTC product which included items such as allergy relief, pain relief, indigestion relief, cold medicine, first-aid and vitamins.

The OTC program is completely volunteer run. Serving 1,500 individuals in one day takes many hands to make sure the program runs smoothly and ensures that all participants are served. High Point University students, faculty and community members will serve in roles such as consultants, personal shoppers, and medication sorters.

“We are honored to be a part of the Over-the-Counter Medicine Give Away Day,” said Food Pantry director Jo Williams. “By collaborating with NC MedAssist and High Point University, we will be able to distribute more than $120,000 in OTC medications to the people that need it.”

The overall goal of this event is to help ease the burden for those who are making the choice between buying food or purchasing medication.

“NC MedAssist is excited to again give back to our High Point neighbors,” said executive director Lori Giang. “Through our partnership with Seventh Day Adventist and High Point University we are able to reach more and more individuals and educate them on our free resources. No one in High Point should go without medicine and this program is enabling us to reach those who are unaware of our services.”

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