The Mission of the Southwest Pharmacist Recovery Network:

To serve pharmacists, pharmacy students, pharmacy technicians and state recovery network organizations across the Southwest Region of the United States (Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado).


To provide a mechanism of networking with other pharmacy recovery networks, thus strengthening each state’s pharmacy recovery network program.


To direct you to available resources in your state if you are suffering from chemical dependency.


To offer a yearly educational program within the Southwest Region, focusing on personal recovery and education about chemical dependency in the profession of pharmacy and the recovering practice. This program is approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) for continuing pharmaceutical education.

“There is hope, there is a solution.”


Goals and Objectives

The goal of Southwest Pharmacist Recovery Network is to provide support and encouragement to:
- Pharmacists/pharmacy students/pharmacy technicians in recovery
- Those dealing with pharmacists/pharmacy students/pharmacy technicians who are struggling with the disease of chemical dependency.

The network serves as a:

- Resources for intervention and treatment information
- A provider of help in the establishment of programs for pharmacists/pharmacy students/pharmacy technicians.
One goal of SWPRN is to foster the growth or implementation of a program in every state and college of pharmacy.

Sharing the experiences of programs that have been operating for a while and capitalizing on their success, and avoiding thepitfalls can be of great benefit to those getting started.

Protecting public health and safety while reaching out to save a colleague’s career, and perhaps life, is the ultimate goal of SWPRN. Education and early intervention can help accomplish that goal.

The Network

- The network itself is a mixture of individuals, state and association participant.
- It is a loose-knit group of resources and referral sources.


- Participation in the SWPRN is voluntary.
- There are no dues or fees.
- The annual meetings have been subsidized by grants/contributions from pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmacy associations and treatment centers.


The Southwest Pharmacist Recovery Network grew from the desire of the attendees at the 1988 University of Utah Summer School on Alcohol and other Drug Dependencies to keep in touch with each other. They felt that a need existed to have a network of encouragement and support for pharmacy professionals in recovery and others interested in recovery including:
- Pharmacists
- Pharmacy students
- Pharmacy technicians
The first meeting was held that Fall in Tucson, Arizona. It was held concurrently with Region 8 National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) meetings. Since then, an independent meeting has been held annually in the Fall, in different states in the Southwest Region



Kevin Rich - President/Chairman of Board of Directors


Sam Leu - Vice President


Kim Spitz - Secretary/Treasurer



Pierre Del Prato


Robert Roybal

New Mexico

Jeff Young


Debbie Wood


Cheri Goodwin



The 3rd Annual, American Pharmacist Association Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies at The University of Utah, in Salt Lake City will be held June 2-5, 2017. Details to follow as they become available.

In Memory

Janet Emelia (Oates) Ralstin

June 3, 1950 - April 15, 2007


Janet died at her home on April 15, 2007. She was born on June 3, 1950, in Russellville, Arkansas, the daughter of Wade and Emily Oates of Morrilton, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Wade and Eunice Oates and her maternal grandparents, Forrest and Margaret Henry. Survivors include one brother, Randall Oates and his wife Cathy, one nephew, Ben Oates, and one niece, Brook Oates, all of , all of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Survivors also include her cats, Mia and Jolie. Janet graduated from Morrilton High School. She went on to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville for prepharmacy and received a B.S. degree at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.She subsequently completed the Masters of Clinical Pharmacy Program at Ohio State University in Columbus. Later, she completed a Master's Program in Social Work at the University of Kansas in Kansas City. For the last 10 years, her career involved the management of clinical research in multiple phases of pharmaceutical drug development. This often involved international travel which she enjoyed. Most recently, she was a senior project manager for Paragon Biomedical in Kansas.


  Janet was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Overland Park. Most of her free time involved outreach activities for persons in need. Professionally, she has been active in the American Pharmaceutical Association. She was especially active in the Pharmacist Recovery Network. In recent years, she added gardening to her list of passions. A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 21, 2007. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Anthony Lamar Fund, 5520 W. 85th St., Overland Park, KS 66207, or to the First United Methodist Church, 201 South Chestnut Street, Morrilton, AR 72110. Janet was also a breast cancer survivor, so contributions to the Susan B. Komen Foundation would also be appreciated. Published in the Kansas City Star on 4/19/2007.

Mary Jo Cerny

June 3, 1950 - April 15, 2007


Mary Jo Cerny (List keeper for I.P.A.) died on Friday, January 28th, 2005 at the Lutheran Hospital, in Wheatridge, Colorado. Mary Jo's legacy is her gift for helping others. As a leader of International Pharmacists Anonymous, Mary Jo aided colleagues recovering from drug and alcohol use. It is for this selfless service that she will be remembered and missed most.The Nebraska Alumni Association has established a fund in Mary Jo's name that will be used to assist University of Nebraska students.


  Mail memorials to:
Nebraska Alumni Association
Cerny Fund
PO Box 80129
Lincoln, NE 68501

Paul Eric Pancoast

June 3, 1950 - April 15, 2007


Paul Eric Pancoast, 56, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2007, at his home in Roswell, N.M. He is survived by his wife, Charmaine Lindsey Pancoast; two children, Devin and Leanna "CC" Lindsey; parents, Paul V. and Loretto Pancoast of Baton Rouge; sister and brother-in-law, Leslie Walton and Peyton Walton of Lafayette, and their three children; sister, Peggy Bergeron and her three children; and brother and sister-in-law, Thomas M. Pancoast and Bridget Howald Pancoast, all of Baton Rouge. Born in New Orleans, Paul was reared in Lafayette. He earned his Eagle Scout award at the age of 13, at that time the youngest in the state to reach that goal. He excelled in music, playing trumpet as part of his high school band as well as District Honor Band and All State Honor Band. In 1967, he traveled Europe and played trumpet as part of the All Student Groups USA. He attended Judice High School and graduated from Comeaux High School in 1968, receiving the prestigious John Philip Sousa Award.

Paul attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana and LSU and was involved in music at both schools, including the schools' marching bands. He went on to the University of Texas, where he earned a doctor of pharmacology degree. Paul's professional career encompassed various aspects of the medical and pharmacological fields, and he was involved with numerous pharmacological organizations. At all times, he devoted himself to mentoring medical and pharmacy students. In addition, he worked with music students and wrote music for several schools, from Hattiesburg, Miss., to Gulfport, Miss. He performed with his own band, Dr. Rock, as well as the Theatre of Performing Arts Orchestra. Family and friends will dearly miss Paul, but the meaningful work that he was involved with will live on. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Pharmacy Recovery Network, c/o Pancoast, 16143 Antietam Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70817. Visitation at Resthaven Funeral Home on Friday, June 1, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 12424 Brogdon Lane, on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. until Mass at 11 a.m. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. -- Published in The Advocate on 5/31/2007.

Ronald L. Williams

July 30, 1935 - April 26, 2004


Ron was born in Akron, Ohio, the first of four boys. He grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, graduating from Cuyahoga Falls High School in January 1953. He then enrolled at Ohio Northern University, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy in 1957. On graduation he practiced in a community pharmacy in Akron until 1964. At that time he had the opportunity to own and operate a small professional pharmacy in Cuyahoga Falls. Although the pharmacy was successful, Ron realized that he had not achieved the professional satisfaction that he sought. During the time that he was operating the pharmacy, he became involved in local and state association work, where he served as president of both the Summit Country and the Ohio Pharmacy Association. He enrolled in the graduate program at Ohio State University where he became a graduate assistant. He knew that he still had not found what he sought and on the advice of his professor he contacted Dr. William Apple, Executive Director of APhA at that time. In 1968 Ron followed Dr. Apple's suggestion that he move to Washington, DC to begin his career with APhA.

a member of the APhA Staff from 1968 until 1998, he served the Association in many capacities. However, the one thing nearest and dearest to his heart; Ron devoted his untiring attention to improve the health and careers of pharmacists who suffer from alcohol and chemical dependencies. During his career, Ron was instrumental in the development of Pharmacist Recovery Programs (PRNs) that assist pharmacists and student pharmacists who have become impaired by dependence on alcohol and other drugs. Due to Ron’s efforts, countless lives have been saved throughout the years. Ron suffered a fall in his condo in Washington on Wednesday, April 21 and died at the George Washington University Hospital on Monday, April 26, 2004. There was a memorial service held in the rotunda of the APhA Headquarters on May 2, 2004. Ron also served as the long-time coordinator of the Pharmacy Section at the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies.



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