FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana Tech’s Tech Talks series will continue to shed light on the opioid crisis that plagues the United States with events in March and April that are free for the entire community to attend.
Tech Talks is a collaboration between Indiana Tech’s College of Arts and Sciences and its Office of Student Affairs. The initiative was created in 2017 to promote active awareness about important issues of social justice around the globe. Free events are presented throughout the academic year to reinforce the central theme for students, faculty, staff and members of the community. This academic year, Tech Talks has addressed America’s opioid crisis. Those interested can learn more here.
Here are the events coming up this spring:
Showing of the film Ben is Back Wednesday, March 27; 7 p.m., Magee-O’Connor Theater
Drug addiction often involves stages—active addiction, recovery and relapse. This film provides insight into them all. Julia Roberts stars in this 2018 drama about the effects of drug addiction upon a family. Come for the film and stay for the discussion.
The Shame of Addiction: On Signs, Stigma, Struggles, and Loss—Ken Daniels Monday, April 8; 12:30 p.m., Multi-Flex Theater, Snyder Academic Center
Canadian sportscaster and Detroit Red Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Daniels will share his personal story of the loss of his 23-year-old son, Jamie, to opioid addiction. Ken speaks about how not talking worsens the opioid epidemic. He also talks about the practice of “patient brokering,” which is when a drug rehab or similar facility pays a third party for bringing a patient to their establishment. The patient believes they are being referred by a responsible party who has their best interest at heart, but patient brokers and the addiction treatment centers that use them are primarily focused on finances rather than patient outcomes. Ken’s son died while attending a fraudulent sober home in Florida.
Recovery Through Art Monday, April 22, 6-8 p.m.; Tuesday, April 23; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Multi-Flex Theater, Snyder Academic Center
Art therapy has proven to be effective with all sorts of psychological conditions, and addiction is no exception. This immersive exhibit features art created by those in addiction recovery, as well as some candid looks into the lives of those affected by the opioid epidemic. This exhibit provides a visual and interactive tour of the effects of addiction and the powerful journey of recovery.