Opioid addiction topic of lecture at GRCC



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

(616) 234-4213


Sept. 26, 2017 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A substance abuse expert will discuss opioid addiction during a free lecture at Grand Rapids Community College.

Dr. Cara Poland, a physician in Spectrum Health's addiction rehabilitation program and medical director of its Substance Use in Pregnancy Clinic, will present "Opioid Addiction: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities to Create a Safer, Healthier Community" at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at GRCC's Calkins Science Center auditorium, 226 Bostwick Ave. NE. Her presentation is free, but RSVPs are requested online or by calling (616) 234-2694.

The lecture topic is especially timely, said Paul Krieger, a professor in GRCC's Biological Sciences Department.

"The abuse of opioids is an epidemic that has been featured in both the national and local news," he said. "Many Americans are addicted to these very strong painkillers and many die every day from opioid overdose."

Poland, an associate professor at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, will look at the opioid epidemic from the national and local perspective and will discuss different types of care and how they work.

Poland's presentation is part of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Your Health lecture series, sponsored by GRCC, MSU and Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.