The University of Baltimore’s Center for Drug Policy and Prevention’s Innovative Research and Programs Featured on Baltimore’s FOX45 Morning News

Dean Roger Hartley and Executive Director Tom Carr share information on the Center’s current substance abuse prevention efforts.

Dean Roger Hartley of The University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs, and Tom Carr,  executive director of The University of Baltimore Center for Drug Policy and Prevention (CDPP), appeared on the FOX45 Morning News early Tuesday, October 20, 2020. The story focused on CDPP’s federal grants, which fund initiatives such as the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)’s regional drug law enforcement task forces, and support of regional drug treatment and prevention efforts.

Dean Hartley explained in the interview that CDPP joined The University of Baltimore in 2017. He described the Center as a “perfect fit” for the College of Public Affairs, meeting all three of the College’s focuses: public administration, health, and criminal justice. “It’s been an incredible partnership with Tom (Carr),” said Hartley.

He added, The University of Baltimore is building programs that support the mission of the CDPP. In addition to students and faculty interacting with the Center with research and fellowships, the College is creating a bachelor of substance abuse and counseling.

“All of our grants are really data-driven, founded in research, and we exploit evidence-based promising practices in our research,” related Mr. Carr. He added, “Prevention efforts are crucial to solving the problem of substance abuse in our communities.”

Mr. Carr described the Combatting Opioid Overdoses in Community-Level Intervention grant, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and the Office of National Drug Policy. He stated, “It’s a unique opportunity for us and The University of Baltimore, because we use this money to give grants.”  This year, the grant program is focused on supporting innovative programs that address opioid use and other drugs that can cause overdose.

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