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LECOM Pharmacy Students Plan Series of Events to Educate the Community on Prescription Drug Adherence

“Script Your Future Campaign” includes free educational events,  Drug Take Back Day scheduled for March 18

ERIE, Pa. (March 7, 2023) – Students from the LECOM School of Pharmacy are hosting a campaign throughout March to raise awareness about the importance of taking medications as directed to properly manage health problems.  The “Script Your Future” campaign is part of a national effort to educate the public on the importance of medication adherence for both patients and healthcare professionals. The campaign focuses on chronic disease states, vaccine confidence, disease stigma, and over-the-counter medication safety.

Dr. Rachel Ogden, dean of the LECOM School of Pharmacy said, “It’s crucial that our pharmacy students learn the importance of the role they have in helping patients understand their conditions and medications.  The ‘Script Your Future’ campaign is an opportunity for us to reach Erie residents and help educate them about taking their prescribed medications, and how’s it’s an important step to a longer, healthier life.”

Several events are planned in which LECOM students, faculty, and other healthcare professionals will cover a series of topics related to medications and health and wellness, including sharing the acronym, W.A.L.K., which stands for wellness, adherence, lifestyle, and knowledge.

A Drug Take Back event is scheduled for March 18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the LECOM parking lot at Peach Street and Zimmerly Road.  The event provides an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of expired medications free of charge.

Event Locations and Dates:

LECOM Parkside at Corry, 959 Shamrock Lane in Corry
Every Monday in March, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

LECOM Parkside Regency at South Shore, 322 Washington Place in Erie
Every Wednesday in March, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

LECOM Parkside at Westminster, 3929 West 38th Street in Erie
March 9, 17, 24, and 31, 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Colonial Family Pharmacy, 3822 Colonial Avenue in Erie
March 7 and 14, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Colonial Family Pharmacy, 5702 Peach Street in Erie
March 10 and March 16, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Drug Take Back Day
LECOM Parking Lot at Peach Street and Zimmerly Road, (5312 Peach Street in Erie) March 18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

All events are open to the public.  For more information visit


In 2023, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) celebrates its 30th anniversary. Founded in 1992, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has grown to become the largest medical school in the country. Enrollment in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Dental Medicine, School of Podiatric Medicine, School of Health Services Administration and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has surpassed 4,400 students at campuses in Erie and Greensburg, Pa., Bradenton, Fla., and Elmira, N.Y. LECOM consistently graduates more primary care physicians than any other U.S. medical college while maintaining one of the lowest tuitions of any private medical school in the country. The college is the core of the nation’s only osteopathic academic health centers, LECOM Health, a highly innovative, multifaceted health care and education system. Today over 16,000 LECOM alumni are providing health care to patients across the U.S.