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The Marshall University School of Pharmacy is marking American Pharmacists Month with several student-initiated activities, including a poster contest in Cabell County Schools.

The "Above the Influence" Poster Contest, which is sponsored in partnership with the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership (CCSAPP),   is open to all 5th grade, middle school and high school students in Cabell County.  Winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14 at the School of Pharmacy.

MUSOP students are also participating in several internal events during the month including intramural sports activities and a formal dance.

The month-long observance is intended to bring attention to the contributions pharmacists make to health care through improved medication use and advanced patient care. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams are both issuing proclamations for the state and the city recognizing pharmacists for their role in health care in West Virginia and the nation.

Additional pharmacy awareness activities at Marshall during October include the pharmacy student luncheon with special guest Huntington Mayor Steve Williams.

The event will take place in the Don Morris Room, Memorial Student Center on Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature Brian Gallagher, R.Ph., JD, director of special projects for Marshall Health, who will speak on "What is Going on in Washington and Why Should I Care?"

Students will gather for a group picture at 1 p.m. at the Memorial Fountain.

Additional activities include:

Operation Immunization Awareness (Poster Education)

Noon-6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Memorial Student Center

4 p.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 at CVS Pharmacy located at 8th Avenue and 20th Street

National Take-Back Initiative

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at various locations in Cabell and Wayne counties. Pharmacy students will participate in the national drug diversion project where unused medications may be turned in for safe disposal.

A partial list of locations in the area include:

Huntington Police Department, Douglass Center, 1448 10th Avenue

West Virginia State Police, Headquarters, 3339 U.S. Route 60 East

Cabell County Sheriff's Department, CVS,  5179 U.S. Route 60 East

Milton Police, Milton Pre-K School, 1302 U.S. Route 60, Milton

Kenova Police, Kenova  Fire Department.,  1600 Pine Street, Kenova

Wayne Police, Wayne Police Department, 10328 Route 152, Wayne