Scouts and other team up to bring awareness about prescription drug abuse

  • Friday, August 16, 2013

Caitlyn Hill, Zachary Worrall, Matthew Clark and Bethanie Gamble). Zachary and Matthew are Scouts with Troop 20 at Mount Pleasant Church. Caitlyn and Bethanie and fourth year pharmacy students at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy on the MUSC campus. Please see my previous e-mail with details about other upcoming educational events at Mount Pleasant Public School. PHOTO PROVIDED

Charlie and Zachary Worrall are Life Scouts in Boy Scout Troop 20 at the Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church. Charlie and Zachary are members of the Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church and will be completing eight grade at Moultrie Middle School this year.

This summer Charlie and Zachary have been working with the Mount Pleasant public schools to plan and execute their Eagle Scout projects. Charlie has been working with elementary school principals and Zachary has been working with the middle and high school principals to set up educational programs to increase awareness about prescription drug misuse and abuse.

They will have a presence at many upcoming school fact and fee events, in addition to open house events and upcoming PTA meetings this fall. Below is a list of events where Scouts from Troop 20, students from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy – Medical University of South Carolina campus and CVS pharmacists will have educational displays to discuss prescription drug misuse and abuse with parents, teachers and students attending Mount Pleasant public schools this fall:

Aug. 14: Laing Middle School Fact and Fee, 5-7 p.m.

Aug. 15: Laing Middle School Fact and Fee, 7:30-9:30 a.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Aug. 19: Laurel Hill Primary School Fact and Fee, 1:20-3:20 p.m.

Aug. 19: Pinckney Elementary School Fact and Fee, 3-5 p.m.

Aug. 19: Belle Elementary School Fact and Fee, 4-6 p.m.

Aug. 20: Whitesides Elementary School Fact and Fee, 8-10 a.m.

Sept. 9: Wando High School Open House, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16: Wando High School Open House, 7 p.m.

Zachary will be giving a presentation at Cario Middle School’s three Open House events on Aug. 26, 27 and 28. Charlie is scheduled to address the PTA at Sullivan’s Island Elementary on Oct. 1. PTA presentation dates are still pending for James B. Edwards and Jennie Moore Elementary schools.

This entire educational effort is leading up to the next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26. The Mount Pleasant Police Department will be participating in this event. Charlie, Zachary and their volunteers will be encouraging parents to drop off their unused and expired prescription medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Police Department on Oct. 26 (no questions asked) to get these medications out of their homes.

Charlie and Zachary would like to thank all the principals they have worked with this summer to set up these events. They would also like to thank the Scouts in Troop 20, the students at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and the CVS pharmacists who are volunteering their time to work these events. Finally, they would like to thank Allegra, CVS Pharmacy and Party Plan-It for donating supplies to support these events.

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