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CU Dean of Pharmacy joins Dayton opioid forum

by Alyssa Speicher, Public Relations Writer

Dr. Marc Sweeney, dean of the school of pharmacy at Cedarville University, will be part of a panel of physicians, clergy, addiction specialists and first responders to analyze the opioid epidemic in Dayton on Friday, Oct. 13.

The forum will be held in the Wright Dunbar Conference Center, 1130 West Third Street in Dayton, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it is free and open to the public. The panel will educate attendees about current Dayton-area initiatives and discuss how the community can safeguard its families and neighborhoods from addiction deaths.

Panelists will also discuss the use of naloxone, prevention strategy development and improved treatment programs.

“I look forward to continuing to participate in educating the public and collaborating with professionals to identify solutions to the opioid epidemic,” said Sweeney. “The problem is very complex and will require local communities to work together to bring solutions.”

Joining Sweeney on the panel are Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show” talk radio show, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and physicians from Dayton hospitals. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley will welcome guests.

Sweeney sees this as an opportunity to represent Cedarville’s school of pharmacy by serving the community. He commented, “As a Christ-centered school of pharmacy, we desire to serve and love others in meaningful ways.”

ZIKS Family Pharmacy’s owner, Dr. Nnodum Iheme, assembled and sponsored this expert panel.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,963 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit

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