Cedarville University 5k walk for opioid awareness

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Cedarville University pharmacy students are teaming with local nonprofit The Jeremiah Tree to host its annual 5k BridgeWalk.

The walk will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 23, at Xenia Station.

Cedarville students will be holding an educational session on the danger of opioid addiction.

"The purpose for the walk is twofold," said Marlene Labig, president of  The Jeremiah Tree board of directors. "First, the Bridge Walk is one of our primary fundraisers. Second, it's educational; this year, the walk is about addiction and all the problems that come along with it."

Students from the Cedarville chapter of the American Pharmacy Association, GenerationRx, and the Student National Pharmacy Association will be located at educational checkpoints. The students will teach about recognizing the signs of addiction, prescription and recreational drug abuse, Greene County drug addiction statistics, and treatment options.

"As a university, It's exciting to partner with community organizations that have their heart's desire to encourage spiritual transformation and intervention in a problem like this," said Cynthia Burban, director of community engagement in the school of pharmacy.

The walk is open to everyone, including families and children. The online registration fee is $10 for youth, and $25 for adults.

Anyone interested in volunteering with The Jeremiah Tree can call 937 562-3121.

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