Scrolling through the Huffington Post a few weeks ago, I came across a piece on Huntington, West Virginia. The sheer number of overdoses in the town of Huntington on that single day was so high that the news hit national airwaves in no time.
A few weeks beforehand, I packed into Morgantown Brewing Company with a full house, where Dr. Carl Sullivan was taking the stage. Over a local brew, Sullivan discussed the challenges he’s observed in confronting the opioid crisis. Others gathered tightly around the stage, drinks and food in hand. By the time Sullivan had configured the microphone volume to an audible level the Brew Pub was standing room only.
In West Virginia, a state at the epicenter of the opioid crisis, there are eight addiction psychologists staring down the epidemic; simultaneously, they are encouraging others to get trained on the most effective treatments and prevention strategies. One of those people is Dr. Carl Sullivan of West Virginia University’s Department of Behavioral Medicine.
What brought Dr. Sullivan to the stage? Science on Tap. The cool thing about Science on Tap is that it brings expertise to the people in an informal setting, where all one has to do is show up to gain an understanding of the topic, which rotates each event.
Dr. Sullivan explained the differences between treatments available for those fighting addiction in West Virginia. And what he is working on today- getting more medical students interested in this often gut-wrenching line of work.
Are you a lifelong learner? Join Dr. Todd Stueckle a Center for Disease Control/ NIOSH Toxicologist for the September Science on Tap, where very small materials with a very large impact will be discussed. Did Saint Teresa and Yoda have it right?
Find out this Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 7pm at Morgantown Brewing Company (1291 University Ave, Morgantown, WV). Visit Science on Tap online here. This talk is free and open to the public.
See you there!