HIGH POINT, N.C., April 13, 2017 – A line of people wrapped around the High Point University Community Center during the bi-annual Over the Counter Medicine Giveaway, a community effort to supply free medication to the public.
Hosted by High Point University, NC MedAssist, the United Way of Greater High Point, the city of High Point and High Point Seventh-Day Adventist Church, the event marked the sixth OTC Giveaway in the High Point area.
Faculty and students from HPU’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy acted as onsite consultants, helping shoppers choose proper medication based on requests. They also performed blood pressure and other health screenings and answered any health questions from community members.
“I’m looking for anything that helps with allergy relief,” a shopper told HPU pharmacy student Ryan Benfield.
Amidst piles and varieties of medications, Benfield plucked what was needed and explained why it was the best option. “This will do the trick,” he said. “But it won’t cause drowsiness.”
Each pharmacy student not only knew the stock; they knew how each item could help people, too.
“Having the HPU pharmacy students involved is amazing for all parties,” said Kristin Young with NC MedAssist. “They get to learn and practice their skills amongst the people they will one day work closest with, while we get the help we need to pull this off. We supply the medicines, but the students are the ones who help distribute what’s needed. They’ve been great consultants during the process.”
“This event is giving us experience with not only the community but also with some OTC medications that we may not have worked closely with yet,” said pharmacy student Katie Schomurg. “It’s a real-life application of what we strive to learn every day, and we are earning valuable experience by being here.”
Archdale native Jean Davis received a bag full of medicines before she stopped by an area reserved for health screenings to have her blood pressure and glucose levels measured by HPU pharmacy students.
“It really is great,” said Davis. “Lines have been fast, they helped me quickly and I really appreciate that all these people came together to do this for the community.”