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UT president creates Opioid Task Force

The University of Toledo President Sharon L. Gaber has created a task force to address the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Linda Lewandowski, dean of the UT College of Nursing, and Dr. Amy Thompson, professor of public health and president of Faculty Senate, serve as co-chairs of the committee.

“There are many researchers, physicians and educators across the University working on issues related to the opioid crisis. Our goal is to bring all of these individuals together to ensure that we are collaborating to find solutions to this public health crisis across our region and state,” Gaber said.

The first meeting for faculty and staff at UT with interest or expertise in opiates and related issues will take place Thursday, March 15, at 8 a.m. in Collier Building Room 2010 on Health Science Campus. Anyone involved in research, education or clinical care pertaining to opioids is invited to attend.

“Opioid abuse, addiction and overdoses affect families of every socio-demographic group,” Lewandowski said. “Our research, education and service activities can help make a difference in the state of Ohio, as well as the nation.”

The committee’s activities will include identifying and coordinating current research, education and community service that UT faculty and students are engaged in; meeting with community and government leaders to strengthen partnerships; and identifying possible funding sources to support future collaborative projects.

“We are dedicated to unifying our academic expertise and efforts to help stem the tide of the opioid crisis,” Thompson said.