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Department of Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice to co-host March 4 virtual discussion on opioid crisis

ISSUED: 17 February 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Criminal Justice and Blue Ridge Community and Technical College are hosting a virtual discussion on the state of the opioid crisis in our region titled “In Pursuit of Justice Applied Presentation Series: What’s the Deal with Fentanyl?” featuring Eric W. Varnau, investigator with the Frederick County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Varnau is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division with the duties of investigator and polygraph examiner. In January 2021, Varnau began his 27th year as a Virginia law enforcement officer. Prior to joining the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, he worked for the City of Winchester Police Department. During his career, Varnau has served in numerous specialized assignments, including two tours of service with the Virginia State Police Drug Task Force from 1997 to 1999 and 2018 to 2020. Varnau has a master’s degree in human and organizational studies from George Washington University, B.S. degree in political science from Bridgewater College, and a certificate in public administration from Shenandoah University.

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