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Universities play key role in fighting opioids, according to Voinovich Scholar APLU article

Christina Van Fossen
August 19, 2019

Morgan McCarthyMorgan McCarthy, Honors Tutorial College student and Voinovich Undergraduate Research Scholar who interned over the summer at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), authored an article about assets available to rural communities to fight the opioid crisis. 

McCarthy wrote in regard to the 2019 Joint Summer Meeting of the APLU Commission on Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) and Council on Research (COR), which featured  Anne Hazlett, Senior Adviser for Rural Affairs for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, as the keynote address. Hazlett issued a call to action for universities to engage their communities in addressing the opioid crisis, in a discussion moderated by Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis. 

“Hazlett sees public universities as a key partner in fighting opioid addiction,” wrote McCarthy.

Ohio University and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs were one of four universities highlighted during Hazlett’s keynote. 

“Hazlett commended Ohio University’s involvement in the Appalachian Recovery Project, a women’s treatment and recovery network located in Southeast Ohio. The project is a collaboration between Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and College of Health Sciences and Professions, and several community partners in the region,” McCarthy wrote. 

To read her full article, click here