As a regionally engaged university, we embrace our role as steward and champion of Western North Carolina. The opioid crisis is a nationwide epidemic whose impact we are all too familiar with in WNC. We seek to foster tangible steps that will make significant and lasting contributions to the well-being of the people affected by addiction in our region.
On Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 as representatives from across our area, state and the southeast provided a forum for discussion and progress, with a panel of experts covering a wide variety of topics impacting these issues.Learn More
In addition to representatives from across our region, we will have a panel of experts from Western Carolina University who will be covering issues surrounding the opioid crisis nationally and in our area.Meet The Panel
Explore commentary from our panel of experts on subjects such as neurobiology and addiction, the impact on the criminal justice system, social workers in integrated care, the humanistic nursing perspective and more.read the articles
This issue affects our region in many different ways. Discover these unique perspectives as we take a look at the many different facets of the crisis, from personal stories to opinion articles and issues briefs.
Ally Bevers is a Western Carolina University Honors College student with a double major in finance and mathematical economics. In this candid conversation, Ally and her mother, Amy, discuss the effects of opioid addiction on their family and her education.