Lobberecht, senior at North Mahaska High School in New Sharon, IA, has been
selected as one of three winners for the UnityPoint Health®
Prescription Drug Safety Student Blog Contest and was awarded a $1,000 college
savings gift card.
was part of UnityPoint Health’s sponsorship of a new education program for high
school students about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse, aimed
at combating the national opioid epidemic.
asked to write about how the UnityPoint Health Prescription Drug Safety Program
had a personal impact on them and if they would change anything in their past
using the information they learned. They were also asked to share about someone
in their life who has been impacted by prescription drug misuse or abuse and
what they learned from the program that could have helped in that situation.
thing that I have learned from the Prescription Drug Safety course is how to
support people who have become addicted to prescription drugs,” stated
Lobberecht in her contest entry. “People who abuse their medications are
obviously going through something tragic and no one should be alone in that
presented the award Lobberecht said, “It’s kind of crazy to be selected and
receive this award and college savings; I’m excited to go to college next year
but am still exploring my options for where and what I want to study.”
Goemaat, North Mahaska High School Principal stated, “We’re really proud of
Olivia having her essay selected and receiving this college savings gift card
from UnityPoint Health. We know Olivia will go on to do great things after graduation.”
Health was the first health system in the nation to join the Prescription Drug
Safety Network, a nationwide coalition committed to empowering Americans with
skills to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drug use for themselves,
their families and their communities. To learn more about the Prescription Drug
Safety Program or to enroll your school, visit unitypoint.org/drugsafety.
Left Photo: Olivia Lobberecht and Mrs. Amber Goemaat.
Right Photo: Olivia Lobberecht pictured with her parents.
Header Photo: Jennifer Havens, CEO of UnityPoint Health – Grinnell, presents award to