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Academic Community Outreach hosts one-day conference for U.S. Department of State

ISSUED: 14 June 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University hosted about 13 international professionals from 12 countries on June 14 for a one-day conference, Strategies for Combating Bullying and Successful Approaches to Help Fight the Opioid Crisis. The group, which is touring the United States as part of a U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program, learned about caring for people who are addicted to opioids, identifying and working with at-risk students and homeless families, and tactics for addressing bullying and providing safe and inclusive schools.

Martinsburg Chief of Police Maury Richards made a presentation about The Martinsburg Initiative, a program that tackles the opioid problem by working with at-risk children and their families in an effort to eliminate the causes of drug abuse. Presentations were also made by representatives from Shepherd, Berkeley County Schools, Jefferson County Schools, and the Martinsburg Police Department.

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