Public Lecture at D&E Focuses on Perception of Heroin Epidemic

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College will host a public lecture focusing on the perception of the heroin epidemic in West Virginia from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in Eshleman Science Center room 400. Author and Marshall University Professor of History Chris White will present the talk titled “Is it Really a Heroin Epidemic?: Evidence for a Complete Renovation of West Virginia's Drug Policy.”

The event is free and open to the public.

In his presentation, White will address some commonly accepted ideas about the drug problem in West Virginia and some of the national attention it has garnered. The center of his discussion, however, will examine perceptions of the issue by providing evidence that largely contradict the issue. He will also provide several solutions for West Virginia and the United States.

In addition to his academic career at Marshall, White is the author of three books, “Creating a Third World” (University of New Mexico, 2007); “The History of El Salvador” (Greenwood, 2008); and “A Global History of the Developing World” (Routledge, 2013). He is currently working on a fourth book, “Drug War Generation,” which traces the history of the Drug War and contrasts mainstream perceptions with the available evidence on the heroin epidemic.

White’s presentation was arranged by D&E Assistant Professor and Director of Outdoor Recreation Management Dr. Rick Gage.

Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at or call 304-637-1243.