The S.A.S.C. taking steps to “End the Epidemic”

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On Wednesday, November 8, the Students of Addiction Studies Club (S.A.S.C.) hosted “Ending the Epidemic”, an event that featured guest speakers and a showing of the Netflix Original documentary “Heroin[e]”.  

 

The Hall of Honors was standing room only as S.A.S.C. President Jessica Love Jordan started the three-hour seminar with a statistic.  

 

“Opioid and heroin overdose affects 91 lives daily in America,” said Jordan, who then went on to introduce the first speaker of the day, Jamelia Hand, MHS, CADC, MISA I, CEO of Vantage Clinical Consulting, LLC, and GSU alum.  

 

Hand delivered the “state of the State”, specifics about the opioid crisis in Illinois. 

 

Most people do not know that opioid addiction is considered a “National Epidemic” by the Center for Disease Control and the White House and in 2016 alone, there were 2,278 drug overdose deaths and 80% of those were opioid related. 

 

Opioid overdose, and death by drug overdose, is closer to home than most may think, as there were 944 cases of overdose documented in Cook County last year, accounting for 50% of the state’s cases. 

 

Other experts that spoke at the event included Dr. Kathleen Burke, Will County Director of Substance Abuse Initiatives, Dr. Cheryl Mejta, GSU Chair of Addictions Studies & Behavioral Health Department, Dr. Joseph Day, GSU Coordinator of the Community Health, BHS Program, Jill Havlin Klee, a recovery advocate, and Chief James R. McGee, current GSU Chief of Police & Director of Public Safety. 

 

The Students of Addiction Studies Club’s mission is to spread awareness and stop the cycle.  

 

For more information about the S.A.S.C., visit Jaguar Connection: https://govst.collegiatelink.net/organization/SASC or Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/GSUSASC15/. 

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