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Dr. Marc Sweeney, dean of the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy, speaking from behind a podium.

Teaming Up to Fight Opioid Crisis

by Hannah Fair, Student Public Relations Writer

State legislators, pharmacists, professors and pharmacy students will gather at Cedarville University on September 14 to discuss ways to curb the opioid crisis at a legal and pharmaceutical level and help those impacted by the epidemic. The symposium will be held at Cedarville’s Stevens Student Center.

Statewide notable speakers at the event include Dr. Jon Sprague, director of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Sciences at Bowling Green State University; Dr. Phyllis Grauer, pain management specialist at Charxis Consulting; and Rob Amiet, retired Ohio Board of Pharmacy compliance specialist. Cedarville speakers for the event are Dr. Marc Sweeney, dean of Cedarville’s school of pharmacy, and Dr. Mark Caleb Smith, chair of the history and government department and director of the Center for Political Studies.

“There is a huge problem in our community and all over Ohio related to opioid abuse and addiction,” said Sweeney. “We are banding together as the school of pharmacy with the state of Ohio to attempt to benefit those who struggle with this and prevent this from happening again. This symposium is about serving others and helping them.”

There will be breakout sessions that address the science, psychology and legality behind opioid addiction and the ways that it can be prevented.

Pharmacists attending can earn up to 4.5 hours of Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited Continuing Education (CE) hours. Register online for this free symposium at; search for Ohio pharmacy advocacy symposium.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,193 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 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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