Joint Webinar: Combating the Opioid Epidemic on College Campuses
Friday, October 18, 2019
Posted by: Andrea Starks-Corbin
Combating the Opioid Epidemic on College Campuses
A free webinar presented by Holmes Murphy and AFA on Wednesday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Opioid abuse and addiction is a serious public health problem, and colleges and universities are not immune from its effects. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) works to reduce drug use and its consequences by leading and coordinating the development, implementation, and assessment of U.S. drug policy. In addition to its vital ongoing work, ONDCP also provides administrative and financial support to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, established by Executive Order on March 29, 2017.
We are pleased to feature representatives from the ONDCP to share the latest information on strategies to combat this epidemic.
Kendel Ehrlich is the deputy director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. Deputy Director Ehrlich has extensive political, legal, and leadership experience with a dedication to drug abuse prevention and treatment. She attended the University of Delaware where she received a bachelor of science in criminal justice, and went on to receive her J.D. from the University of Baltimore Law School. She has served in Annapolis, MD as a public defender and prosecutor, and most recently as a drug court prosecutor. Ehrlich was the first lady of Maryland from 2003 to 2007, where she worked on campaigns focused on education, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, and cancer prevention.
Dr. Cecelia Spitznas is a senior policy analyst at ONDCP. There she provides policy analysis and scientific advice for the ONDCP director, chief of staff, and the director of the National Opioids and Synthetics Coordination Group on special matters of concern to such as prescription drug addiction, safer prescribing, overdose prevention, and policies to respond to overdose, treatment, and medical consequences of addiction. Prior to ONDCP she spent 12 years at the National Institute on Drug Abuse overseeing a portfolio concerned with research on addiction treatment and provider training. Before becoming a federal employee, she was a research assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an NIH grantee studying treatment and relapse in homeless drug and alcohol users.
Sarmed Rashid works on strategy at ONDCP where he joined as a presidential management fellow. Before joining federal service, he ran counterinsurgency programs in conflict zones and worked in the private sector. A graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, he also works as an EMT.
Please join us on Wednesday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m. ET as we hear the latest from this panel of experts.