Forum: Cedarville community talks opioid crisis


“Break the stigma,” and “Don’t be afraid to talk about it,” were among the messages from author and TV commentator Eric Bolling about the opioid epidemic at an appearance in Greene County this week.

Hundreds of Cedarville University students and community members attended the “Your Voice, Your Future” town hall on campus, hosted by Bolling and featuring guests including former Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Xenia pastor and recovery advocate Greg Delaney and Dr. Marc Sweeney, dean of the school of pharmacy at Cedarville University and a former president of the Ohio Pharmacists Association.Bolling, a frequent Fox News guest, lost his college-age son to an overdose 14 months ago. He is holding opioid crisis town halls across the country to raise awareness, reduce stigma and get communities talking about the crisis that took more than 70,000 lives nationwide in 2017.

Although opioids have been a frequent topic in political campaigns and at events across Ohio for the past couple years, Cedarville students said this was the first such event they’ve had on campus and they appreciated the chance to hear from experts and ask questions.