The cover story of the spring 2018 edition of IUP Magazine
carried a story about how members of the IUP community are tackling the opioid
Erick Lauber, Victor
Garcia, Melissa Swauger, and Alex Heckert from the Mid-Atlantic Research and
Training Institute for Community and Behavioral Health (MARTI-CBH) were
interviewed for the story, as were John Lewis and Eric Kocian from the IUP
Criminology and Criminal Justice Department.
Lauber, Garcia, Swauger, and
Heckert discussed the plans that MARTI-CBH has for combating the growing health
crisis. The researchers made note of their hopes of gaining an understanding of
where the opioid epidemic in Western Pennsylvania has stemmed from, developing enhanced
training for those working in the addiction counseling fields, and raising
public awareness of the seriousness of the issue.
Lewis and Kocian, having
conducted a study together in the past, discussed their findings about heroin
use in relation to the age of initial drug introduction. They also mentioned
the implications that widespread drug use has on law enforcement.