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PRN Speaks to UIW Pharmacy Students

Tuesday, November 12, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian Sparks
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PRN Director  Eden Males explains to UIW pharmacy students how the Professional Recovery Network helps pharmacists in recovery.

Eden Males, LCSW, director of the Professional Recovery Network (PRN), spoke to students at the University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy November 12. Males discussed the signs and symptoms of addiction and mental health issues, the accountability and support PRN has to offer for those struggling, and the advocacy PRN can offer with licensing board and other regulatory agencies. A pharmacist in the PRN program volunteered to share with the students her journey of recovery from addiction and the role PRN played in her long-term sobriety.

“We really appreciate UIW’s continued efforts to have PRN talk to their P1 student’s,” Males said. “The students at UIW are always extremely supportive and moved by a personal story that was shared by a PRN pharmacist who is now in recovery from addiction.”

PRN is a nationally recognized peer assistance program dedicated to helping health care professionals enter a safe, healthy recovery from substance use or mental illness.

“Such presentations are important because they give us the opportunity to help break the stigmas of addiction and mental health issues, and to plant the seeds early in a pharmacist’s career for them to know they are not alone and PRN will always be here to advocate and support them if they are ever in need,” Males said.

If you or a colleague are in need of PRN's services, you may make a referral by calling PRN's confidential hotline at (800) 727-5152. To schedule a PRN presentation at your college of pharmacy, contact PRN Director Eden Males at (512) 615-9176.

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