Pharmacy students assist Operation Medicine Drop

Wingate, N.C. - Wingate University pharmacy students were on hand to assist law enforcement at the Operation Medicine Drop held Sept. 25. The event was held to collect unused medications and dispose of them by incineration. The program is intended to keep medicine out of the wrong hands and prevent it from polluting the groundwater.

Drop-off locations throughout Union County included Wal-Mart in Monroe and Indian Trail, Waxhaw Police Department, Food Lion in Wingate, New Town Shopping Center in Waxhaw and Stallings Municipal Park. Wingate University pharmacy students assisted at all drop-off locations.

These efforts may well save a child's life,” said Dr. Robert Supernaw, dean of the Wingate University School of Pharmacy. “An added benefit is that the proper disposal by incineration will help protect our environment -- especially the water we drink.” This service project is just one of many community service projects in which Wingate University pharmacy students get involved. Last year they volunteered 4,100 hours of service.

About the Wingate University School of Pharmacy
The Wingate University School of Pharmacy scored above the state and national average on licensing exams. One hundred percent of the 2008 graduates passed the national licensing, NAPLEX, exam.
The Levine College of Health and Sciences is currently under construction. With plans to open its doors in fall 2011, the new three-story building will enable the University to expand its School of Pharmacy, Physician Assistant studies program and offer other new programs in the health sciences.

About Wingate University

Founded in 1986, Wingate University is a private comprehensive university with more than 2,300 students on two campuses in Wingate and Matthews, North Carolina. The university offers 32 undergraduate majors, 36 minors and career concentrations, seven pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past four years.
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Shown in the photo from left to right is Wingate pharmacy student Tsion Gebru with Wingate Police Sgt. Jonathan Phileman