CWRT addresses Civil War opioid use

CWRT addresses Civil War opioid use

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The Tuscarawas Valley Civil War Round Table will meet Thursday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room at the Dover Public Library.

The featured speaker will be Scott Wisneski, who will present “Opioid Use During the Civil War Era.” The presentation, which is free and open to all, will examine the connection between the use of opioid-containing drugs during the Civil War and the rise of addiction in the 19th century.

Wisneski earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Georgia and master’s degree in business administration from Walsh University in North Canton. He currently serves as associate professor in the department of pharmacy practice at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown.

Wisneski teaches U.S. healthcare delivery, in which he includes material on the history of pharmacy from the prehistoric era to today. He speaks often on Civil War pharmacy and the role of the hospital steward. His great-great-grandfather served in the 27th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteers and fought at the Battle of Wyse Forks, North Carolina, where he was captured and held at the Libby Prison until the end of the war.

The mission of the Tuscarawas Valley Civil War Round Table is to educate the community about the American Civil War, preserve Civil War heritage and remember those who struggled for their cause.

The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut St. in Dover. Call the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123.