One University Takes On the Opioid Crisis
By Beth McMurtrie October 01, 2017
Andrew Caryl is helping to change
that. A master’s-degree student in rehabilitation and counseling, he battled
his own addictions to pills, alcohol, and methamphetamine for years. Now clean,
he wants to help others. He spoke to the first class in the new minor this
fall. And he works at Serenity Place,
home of the university’s Collegiate Recovery Program for students who have struggled with addiction. He plans to
become a licensed counselor on substance abuse.
"I feel compelled to be part of
the solution," says Mr. Caryl, whose hometown, Martinsburg, has been
overrun by the heroin trade. As he sees it, the university must also play a
role. "It makes sense that one of the biggest employers would need to step
up and be part of the effort to deal with this," he says. "Because
it’s eating up the state."