Sept. 8, 2017
More than 400 persons attended Saint Vincent College Department of Criminology’s public forum on the opioid crisis in western Pennsylvania on Sept. 6. The forum presented the first public release of a two-year study done by a group of Saint Vincent researchers under the direction of Dr. Eric Kocian, right, assistant professor of criminology, law and society. With the cooperation of Westmoreland County officials, Kocian and his group conducted extensive clinical interviews of more than 150 addiction sufferers in jails, rehabilitation facilities and outpatient clinics to gain insight into the factors critical to sound public policy determinations on the effective means of prevention and treatment in this area. Kocian analyzed the research with Dr. John Lewis, left, of the criminology and criminal justice department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The study provides a valuable basis for understanding the age for onset of drug use, the course of addictive behaviors and the progression of usage to substances such as heroin.
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