Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pharmacies CAN Play a Role in Teen Pregnancy Prevention

I came across an article today that I think is important for us all to review - especially those who serve as pharmacists or know someone who does.  A brief excerpt from the article will give you a glimpse into its content.

"Pharmacies are safe and should appeal that way to all, not just to the elderly. Our local pharmacies can benefit our entire community when displaying teen friendliness from staff, by answering questions about pregnancy-prevention products without judgment, shorter waiting times and additional resources that customers will be happy to use. If these places can sustain a healthy environment (where the pressure of stress isn't on our backs as soon as we begin to walk in). Soon, these environments can begin to establish trust with our youth. Teens will remember this trust and have confidence knowing they can get help from trustworthy professionals and hopefully will turn away from their old shy ways or pride that has held them back from asking for help." 

Wow, this author speaks the truth, and at the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy we have the data to back it up.  A little over a year ago we conducted a Secret Shopper Campaign to assess a teen's experience purchasing condoms.  The information we gathered was telling.  Not only should pharmacists be playing a role, but so should gas station attendants, cashiers at Wal-Mart, employees at grocery stores, and many more. Review our outcomes and let us know what you think.

By: Cayci Banks, Director of Communications, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

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