This is part of a fourteen-week series highlighting many aspects of drug use, enforcement of drug laws and treatment that community members and authorities in Hancock County face.
Drug addiction continues to be a major issue in communities in the United States, and in Hancock County it continues to be a major issue to the community. The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy is hosting a community learning series this fall to address and educate the public on drug addiction and the various issues that result from the problem. In the first seminar Wednesday night, Dr. Michael Milks, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University presented a basic overview of chemical dependency that can result from addiction that can result from drug use.
“Owning the problem, identifying the problem, and start to dabble at some of the solutions. We could throw money at it but if the money isn’t effectively causing improvement then we’re just wasting our money” said Dr. Milk
Covering drug use from alcohol to heroin, Dr. Milk discussed the use of each and how they all had properties that could lead to addiction. University of Findlay Pharmacy students, as well as community members, all participated in a discussion detailing various issues, definitions and differing viewpoints as to how society classifies drug addiction. Dr. Milks said that the seminars will give the students viewpoints from outside of school and allow the community to hear from students themselves.
“The cross-fertilization, the role modeling to the students showing how community involvement is imperative to evoke change and then also to show that, you know what? We don’t have all the answers yet.” said Dr. Milk.
The series will run through the middle of November, each session detailing a difference facet of drug law and addiction, law enforcement and treatment. The next seminar, slated for next Wednesday night will feature Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman as he discusses law enforcement perspectives.
The seminars are sponsored by The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy, Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services, Hancock County Community Partnership and the Hancock County Opiate Task Force.Read More →