March 8, 2018 – As the nation’s drug epidemic continues to take its toll on Americans, the importance of spreading the truth about the disease of addiction has never been greater.
Recognizing the need to educate community members about signs of addiction and identify solutions to the crisis, The Penn State College of Nursing will host a panel discussion on April 6 to raise awareness. The event is called “The Opioid Epidemic: Impacts on Nursing, the Community, and Family.”
A panel of health care and law enforcement experts will present information and testimonials to help increase awareness of the epidemic’s reach, identify solutions for addressing the crisis, and provide tips on how to identify an addict. Among the topics discussed will be an overview of statistics on opioid addiction, its impact on families and health care practitioners, a comparison of the epidemic’s impact on the college population versus the community as a whole, and how a statewide coalition of nurses and community partners is responding to the crisis.
Panel members include Lynn Thompson, a nurse practitioner with Reinhardt Family Practice in Altoona; Diane Ebken, senior lecturer emerita, Penn State College of Nursing; Marianne Adam, associate professor of nursing at Penn State Schuylkill; Wendy Edgar, a nurse practitioner with Emergency Physicians of Pittsburgh and Children’s Express Care in Pittsburgh; Officer Adam Salyards of the State College Borough Police Department; and Sgt. Monica M. Himes of Penn State University Police.
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