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Penn State Harrisburg dedicates center to battle addiction

Posted 8/28/19

Penn State Harrisburg has established the Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research to address substance abuse across Pennsylvania and the nation.

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Penn State Harrisburg dedicates center to battle addiction

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Penn State Harrisburg has established the Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research to address substance abuse across Pennsylvania and the nation.

University officials joined with Pollock Foundation representatives and state and local officials to dedicate the center Wednesday, Aug. 21.

As a strategic priority, Penn State is committed to combating substance abuse and as a result has established the Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse, according to a press release.

The center will specifically address two areas of the substance abuse problem within the region, while serving as a catalyst to enhance communications and align numerous agencies and organizations in efforts to combat substance abuse, according to Penn State Harrisburg officials:

• Veterans: Providing targeted assistance to veterans of the U.S. military and their families who are facing addiction-related challenges.

• Community organizations: Helping bolster community organizations in their efforts to more effectively combat substance abuse across the state of Pennsylvania, as well as nationally.

Speakers at the dedication ceremony included John M. Mason, chancellor of Penn State Harrisburg; Madlyn L. Hanes, vice president for Commonwealth Campuses and executive chancellor at Penn State; Dr. Weston Kensinger, Pollock Center director; Mike Bangs, Pollock Foundation; state Rep. Tom Mehaffie; and George P. Hartwick, Dauphin County commissioner.