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Two student orgs want the community to know recovery is possible

How marijuana could solve some of the Mountain State’s problems

Women’s basketball looks to keep momentum going after record performance

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NEWS

For years, West Virginia has led the nation in opioid overdose deaths. Now, with the state’s help, naloxone can give somebody you love a

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NEWS Caity Coyne Editor-In-Chief Jennifer Gardner Managing Editor Andrew Spellman Art Director Kayla Asbury City Editor Adrianne Uphold Associate City Editor Chris Jackson Sports Editor Erin Drummond Culture Editor Brandon Ridgely Opinion Editor Abby Humphreys Web Editor Brady Smearman Social Media Editor Joel Whetzel Senior Design Editor

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WEDNESDAY The University is hosting a career fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

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A Graduation One-Stop Shop will be set up in the Mountainlair Commons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students can receive resume advice, order a cap and gown, pick out invitations or order a class ring and more.

Lauren Black Business Office Dominic Certo Business Office

WEDNESDAY Women’s basketball takes on Kansas State at 7 p.m. in the Coliseum. Students get in free with a student ID.

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Cover photo by Andrew Spellman. Pictured are the Naloxone rescue kits available at pharmacies and clinics throughout the state. Naloxone can be used to help opioid overdose victims, and potentially save their lives.

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Two student orgs to hold events for community Collegiate Recovery, Project Heal events being held next week to send message that recovery is possible

How to deal with West Virginia’s addiction problem “The police can only do so much in the aspect of the law, because people still get around it no matter what. Two years ago, at my high school there were five ODs, and I believe it could be a huge factor if more people knew about (naloxone) and had it.”

BY PATRICK ORSAGOS CORRESPONDENT

Two WVU organizations want to send the message to families with children suffering addiction and eating disorders, that recovery is not only real, it is possible. The WVU Collegiate Recovery Program will be holding a Parent Support Group at 6 p.m. on Feb. 21 for families who have children who are affected by addiction. Following the Parent Support Group, the WVU student organization Project Heal will be holding a WV National Eating Disorder Association Walk at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 inside the Student Recreation Center. Both events will encompass the message that recovery is real, and it is possible. The organizations want to show persistent efforts in making a difference for students and families affected by eating disorders. Susan Mullen, recovery specialist at the WVU Collegiate Recovery Program, described the purpose of the Parent Support Group to invite people who are in recovery, those seeking recovery or allies of recovery to join together. “We invite parents to come in person or by phone, teleconference and video,” Mullen said. Stephanie Solomon and Kevin Blankenship are two parents who have been personally affected by their chil-

What students think:

John Burlin Freshman industrial engineering student

“I don’t think it’s necessarily possible to stop all drug use so I think it needs split half-andhalf on prevention, but I also think law enforcement should have a big part on cracking down and doing their best to lower the numbers.” Malorie Vilfer Sophomore criminology student

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Joe Burkhart (middle) shares his story of addiction at “Multiple Pathways to Recovery” in the Gluck Theatre on April 26, 2016. The event was hosted by the Collegiate Recovery Program. dren’s addiction. They will be present to speak with those who come to the Parent Support Group. “I want to give these parents hope,” Solomon said. “When your student is alive, that’s hope.” It is often difficult to see a brighter side while dealing with addictions and Solomon wants to remind parents that hope is real and it is plausible. Solomon also stressed the importance of a strong sense of community in the Parent Support Group Meetings. She spoke about her experiences with her son’s addiction and how other parents can be helped by support meetings. “The parent support meetings were a lifesaver when my

son was going through rehab,” Solomon said. Along with the Parent Support Group, Project Heal’s WV NEDA Walk will encourage recovery and healing for any affected by eating disorders or body image issues. Audrey Gunther, the president and founder of Project Heal, wants students and parents to know how her organization can help the recovery process. “The two goals of our organization are to create a recovery network on campus and fundraise for treatment grants,” Gunther said. One way the organization is carrying out its mission is by holding a WV NEDA Walk. “The last Sunday in February, which is actually the first day of National Eating Disor-

der Awareness Week, we are hosting West Virginia’s first ever walk on campus at the Recreation Center,” Gunther said. The top three teams and the top three individuals who raise the most money will be awarded a prize at the end of the walk. “NEDA produces these walks all across the country. The proceeds go towards treatment grants and resources,” Gunther said. The purpose of the walk is to instill hope and give courage for recovery to those affected by eating disorders. There are team and individual sign ups available before the event online at http://nedawalk.org/morgantown2017 and before the event at 11 a.m.

“I don’t think arresting people is going to do anything. Doing drugs is an addiction issue. They should go to rehab or therapy. Helping people recover from an overdose is more important than arresting them.” Ashley Powers Senior accounting student

“I think a lot of people aren’t informed on how drugs really do affect your body and how serious it really is. Where I’m from as well there’s a lot of people who do drugs and heroine has become, unfortunately, a big one.” Zabrina Fuentes Junior international studies and spanish student PHOTOS BY ALEX WEIDMAN


4 | NEWS

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2017

Mountaineers spread the love on Valentine’s Day Tuesday was Valentine’s Day, and Mountaineers were part of a worldwide celebration of love. Check out a few pictures below and read some fast facts on the holiday:

Valentine’s Day by the numbers... 8 Celebrated in

countries:

The US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, Australia, Denmark, Italy & France

250 MILLION roses grown 1 rose = 10 mil.

26% of annual flower sales occur for Valentine’s Day. ROB SIMMONS / THE DAILY ATHENAEUM

Left to right: Andre Toledo, Andrew Andrade and Justin Sento hang outside of Boreman Hall with gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Father’s Day 5% Thanksgiving 9%

Christmas 25% Mother’s Day 24%

Easter 11%

150 MILLION

cards exchanged 1 card = 10 mil. ROB SIMMONS / THE DAILY ATHENAEUM ROB SIMMONS / THE DAILY ATHENAEUM

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US greeting card giant HALLMARK began selling Valentine’s cards in 1913, and now offers over 1500 types to choose from for the holiday. New England Confectionary Company, or NECCO, sells roughly 100,000 pounds of Sweethearts between January and Valentine’s Day each year. That’s as much as SIX ELEPHANTS!

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Why marijuana is a serious answer for West Virginia’s problems BRANDON RIDGELY OPINION EDITOR

Allowing the distribution of naloxone over the counter in West Virginia was a great first step in reducing the highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the country. But it still does not solve the root of the problem: opioid addiction. To combat addiction, West Virginia needs to commit to rehabilitation efforts. This is how marijuana can help. First of all, marijuana has been shown to help lessen opioid use by patients suffering chronic pain. A 2016 study in the “Journal of Pain” concluded “cannabis use was associated with 64 percent lower opioid use in patients with chronic pain.” It also demonstrated “cannabis use was associated with fewer medication side effects and medications used.” Another study published in 2014 found “Medical cannabis laws are associated with significantly lower state-level opioid overdose mortality rates.”

In Colorado last year the sale of marijuana made $1.3 billion. It is also sold in 27 other states and three territories for medical use, and eight states for recreational use. But whether lobbying, misinformation, political concerns or hardheadedness is to blame, West Virginia remains opposed to the idea of marijuana as a potential solution to its revenue and opiate issues. At least that’s the view of lawmakers. This was made clear at the Legislative Lookahead hosted by the Associated Press on Feb. 3 in Charleston. “(Marijuana) stands zero chance of making it through the legislature” said Lt. Gov. Mitch Carmichael. In the same seat just hours earlier there was a panel of police officials and experts on marijuana. The panel produced some heinously indefensible stances regarding the issue. “This drug is the most dangerous drug in the country,” said John “Ed” Shemelya who is a national coordinator for The National

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Hemp, a strain of Cannabis sativa, is grown at the WVU Organic Farms on the Mileground. Though it’s the same species as marijuana, hemp is low in THC, but has high levels of CBD. Marijuana Initiative. Really, Ed? How many people have died from overdoses of marijuana? Hint: the answer is zero. Shemelya represents an organization whose mission statement “is to put forth unbiased, scientific and factbased information about marijuana.” This is neither fact nor acceptable in the state where opioids actually

do kill people. A record number of people. Shemelya added, “You’re going to hear how it’s going to be a revenue cash cow. Not the case.” Wrong. The legal marijuana industry alone made more than $5.4 billion in 2015. On the same panel, Charleston Police Lt. Eric Johnson said legalization “is

a process that needs to go through the FDA.” Colorado didn’t go through the FDA. It just decided as a state that selling marijuana made (at the bare minimum) good financial sense. The FDA and DEA still classify the drug—alongside heroin—as, “drugs with no currently accepted medical use.” A finding that hampers significant research into its value. As more West Virginians die of opioid abuse, it is clear this is not the time to pretend inaction is patience. It’s even clearer that the FDA is not handling this issue responsibly, and that it is up to the citizens of West Virginia to bring the issue to the forefront. While marijuana is no perfect solution, it has proven to be a potential revenue source and a weapon against opioid abuse. In combination with naloxone, legalizing marijuana could be the 1-2 punch West Virginia needs to begin lowering its record rates of overdose deaths.

If we are as dedicated to the fight against poverty and drug addiction in West Virginia as we claim to be, to continue to disregard marijuana is a major oversight that will surely cost lives.

DRUGS CLASSIFIED AS SCHEDULE I: •

Heroin

Marijuana (including CBD products)

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)

Ecstacy (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine)

Methaqualone (sold as Quaalude in the US)

Peyote

Drugs categorized under Schedule I are defined as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”


6 | DA EATS

The DA Eats

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2017

Wake up and smell the coffee Spring isn’t here just yet, and six more weeks of winter will be hard to beat. Warm up with these three Starbucks copycat coffee recipes, or grab a warm drink provided by Firsthand Coffee at places on campus like Eliza’s or Boreman Bistro. When you’re done, check out the DA Eats’ latest blog about Firsthand Coffee. As a company Firsthand recognizes similarities between the coal fields of West Virginia and coffee plantations in Nicaragua through its Mountains to Mountains campaign, which launched in 2016. The campaign’s goal is to promote a solidarity economy between the two geographically distant areas and has involved several economic development efforts in Appalachia as well.

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INGREDIENTS: — 1/2 cup cold brewed coffee — 1/2 cup milk — 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

— 4 Oreo Cookies — Whipped cream

DIRECTIONS: In a blender, add the coffee, milk, vanilla, and Oreo cookies and blend for 1 minute. Poor into a coffee mug or a mason jar and top with whipped cream and a crushed Oreo if you wish.

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OREO FRAPPUCCINO:

Recipe from http://thriftydiydiva.com

PEPPERMINT MOCHA:

INGREDIENTS: — 4 ounces whole milk — 2 shots espresso, or 6 ounces of strongly brewed coffee —1 tablespoon pure maple syrup cinnamon for garnish

INGREDIENTS: — 1 cup strong brewed coffee — ½ cup almond milk — 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

DIRECTIONS:

DIRECTIONS:

Pour milk into an 8 ounce mason jar and replace lid. Shake for about 10 seconds until bubbles and foam develop at the top. Remove lid and microwave jar for about 45 seconds or until milk is hot to the touch and foamy. Pour espresso into a mug and stir in maple syrup. Top espresso with milk and spoon foam onto the top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

Pour 1 cup of hot coffee into a mug. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the almond milk, crushed candy canes, and cocoa powder. Heat the milk mixture in the microwave on high for 90 seconds, stirring once halfway through the cooking time. Stir the mixture until all the candy cane pieces and cocoa powder have dissolved, and pour into the mug of coffee. Add sweetener of choice and garnishes, if desired.

Recipe from http://jellytoastblog.com

— 2 regular size candy canes, crushed — sweetener of choice, if desired

Recipe from http://lovegrowswild.com


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ACROSS 1 See 1-Down 5 Risk taker 10 Minimally 14 He sang about Alice 15 Ooze with 16 Bond’s first movie foe 17 Word with interest or service 18 Lavin of “Alice” 19 Water retainer 20 *More than is wise 22 River racers 24 Rose of Guns N’ Roses 25 Poetic pair 26 *Luxury resort chain 31 “__ to leap tall buildings ... ” 32 “David Copperfield” villain 33 Cain, to Abel, informally 36 *Dominated the election 41 Teachers’ org. 42 Sufficient, to Shakespeare 43 Working hard 44 *Complete with ease 48 Descends, as a rock wall 52 Fluke-to-be 53 Worried 54 Farewells ... or, homophonically and read top to bottom, what the first words of the answers to starred clues represent? 59 Fly in the ointment 60 Fly-fishing catch 62 Tennis score 63 Floor piece 64 “Maybe, just maybe” 65 Big name in furniture 66 Clairvoyant 67 Got by 68 See 58-Down

DOWN 1 With 1-Across, Whoppers and McRibs, e.g. 2 Embossed cookie 3 Southwestern clay pot 4 Remove respectfully 5 First-class 6 Armpit 7 Squirt 8 Teacher’s deg. 9 Thought (out)

TODAY IN WV HISTORY By Ed Sessa 10 Make sense 11 Composer’s embellishment 12 Bracelet spot 13 Biblical verb 21 Toy inserts usually not included 23 Crescent points 25 Either “The Man Who Wasn’t There” director 26 Doe’s dear 27 Wind in a pit 28 Arm bone 29 Bull Run soldier 30 Over-theshoulder garb 33 In __: as placed 34 “Understood,” in hippie-speak 35 “Little Women” sister 37 Verbal nods 38 Kind of geometry

2/15/17 39 “The Giver” novelist Lowry 40 Thai language 45 Entertainers on the road 46 Partner of hollered 47 Wine choice 48 Reddish-brown colors 49 Singer Lennox 50 “Positive thinking” advocate 51 “Your table’s ready” signaler 54 Sticky stuff 55 Radar dot 56 Team connection 57 All tied up 58 With 68-Across, “Milk” Oscar winner 61 Letter after pi

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On Feb. 15, 1898 musician John Homer “Uncle Homer” Walker was born in Mercer County. Among the last in a tradition of black Appalachian banjo players, he played the five-string banjo in the clawhammer style.

Source: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at http://wvencyclopedia.org


8 | NALOXONE

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2017

Naloxone: A second chance at life

Naloxone FAQs 1. HOW DOES NALOXONE WORK? Once naloxone is given to the patient, it blocks the effects of opiates on the brain and then restores breathing. Naloxone will only work if the person has opiates in their system.

2. ARE THERE ANY RISKS FROM TAKING NALOXONE? While there are no significant risks from taking naloxone, some side effects include pain, high blood pressure, sweating, agitation, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting and irritability. — If the person has abused opioids for a long period, they may go through withdrawal after naloxone is administered.

3. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR NALOXONE TO WORK? It takes two to five minutes for the patient to start breathing. If the person does not wake up after that time span, a second dose of naloxone should be delivered.

4. DOES NALOXONE EXPIRE? Yes. The drug has a lifespan of 9-12 months. If it is not used after a year, it needs to be dispensed of.

5. WHAT DRUGS ARE OPIOIDS? Heroin, morphine, oxycodone (Oxycontin), methadone, hydrocodone, codeine and other prescription drugs.

OPIOID OVERDOSE DEATHS PER 100,000 PEOPLE 2016

West Virginia (41.5)

New Hampshire (34.3)

Kentucky (29.9)

Ohio (29.9)

Rhode Island (28.2) 0

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SOURCE: CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

Injection reverses opioid overdose to save drug users from death For West Virginia—a state devastated by the effects of opioids—naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medication, can offer a lifeline and second chance to overdose victims. The Mountain State consistently holds the highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the nation. Last year alone, an estimated 615 opiate-related overdose deaths were reported, according to the Department of Health and Human Resources. Following a legislative decision last spring, Kroger, Walgreens and CVS Pharmacies across the state have begun allowing customers to purchase naloxone without a prescription. The motivation for the senate bill was based on the number of opioid related deaths in West Virginia, said David Potters, the executive director of West Virginia Board of Pharmacy. “By changing how naloxone can be prescribed, it gives people a faster chance to get help. It gives time for emergency treatment to be provided,” Potters said. “It gives the person who is suffering the overdose a second chance to survive and change their life.” Before the “opioid antagonist,” as some refer to it, can be purchased, a pharmacist must interviews and train the customer on how to use the medication, which comes in four different forms: Nasal spray, nasal spray with assembly, auto-injector and injectable

naloxone. While each pharmacy is different, the cost of naloxone is approximately $140 without a copay, and $20-$40 depending on insurance plans. The auto-injector is the most common form of naloxone. No assembly is required and it can be injected into the outer thigh, even through clothing. It also contains a speaker which provides step-bystep instructions on how to distribute the drug into the patient. To help supply access to communities in West Virginia, the WVU Injury Control Research Center assembled and distributed 8,000 naloxone rescue kits to nonEMT first responders in the state, like police officers, fire departments and substance abuse treatment programs. “The hope we want to see by distributing the rescue kits will hopefully decrease the number of opioid overdoses, to save people’s lives is the biggest thing to us,” said Sheena Sayres, public health outreach specialist at WVU ICRC. The money for the kits came from a $1.07 million grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Each kit included two doses of naloxone, instructions for how to dispense the medication and a naloxone administration card to where people are supposed to write the circumstances in which the drug was used on the patient.

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Naloxone hydrochloride prefilled syringes sit in a pile at the WVU Injury Control Research Center. Volunteers packed two syringes into each rescue kit to be shipped statewide to help stop opioid overdose deaths. Before naloxone was available without a prescription, responders and programs were trained on how to use naloxone, but did not have access to it, Sayres said. WVU ICRC also provides substance abuse programs throughout West Virginia that can provide people with the medication, while also creating awareness for the opioid epidemic. “Naloxone programs first started in November 2015. We (WVU ICRC) just conducted a census of how many programs are in West Virginia, now we’re up to 82,” Sayres said. “As the programs continue to grow, so does the awareness of the effects of opioids.” Heroin is the most frequently used opioid in West Virginia. Other common opioids include: Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Morphine, Codeine and Buprenorphine. Increasing access to nal-

oxone is a part of CVS Pharmacy’s comprehensive approach to help communities address prescription drug abuse, said Erin Shields Britt, the corporate communications of CVS Pharmacy. “Building an awareness to drug abuse and increasing access (to naloxone) will provide individuals with a resource that they might have not had if they needed to get a prescription for the drug,” Britt said. CVS has programs for schools where pharmacists teach children about the effects of opioids, how to prevent prescription drug abuse and how naloxone can help in emergency situations. CVS also donates naloxone to police and fire departments. Any organization that provides overdose education can contact Shenna Sayres at 304-293-1528 or ssayres@hsc.wvu.edu to be put in the naloxone distribution program.


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Carruth Center, Collegiate Recovery hold naloxone workshop Carruth Counseling Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services and the WVU Collegiate Recovery Program held a workshop to provide information about how to obtain access to naloxone and how good Samaritan laws can help WVU. The panel, Love Someone, Save Someone with Naloxone, featured a recovered opioid abuser, Phoebe Nugent, speaking about her experiences with naloxone—also known as Narcan—and how it helped her change her drug addiction. To date, Nugent has been off opioids for 137 days. “Honestly, if I hadn’t have had Narcan, I would be dead,” Nugent said. “I lost my little brother to an overdose four years ago—they didn’t have Narcan. I lost my three good friends from it (overdosing) last week. Narcan helps the people

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Susan Mullen demonstrates the use of an auto-injector at the naloxone workshop. who have battled with addiction, it just saves lives.” Shasta Bell, an employee at Help4WV, said many people are afraid to give someone overdosing naloxone because they don’t want to get in trouble or prosecuted. “If their friend is overdosing they’ll just take them out on the street and drop them off,” Bell said. “They’ll call 911 later because they don’t want to be there when the

cops show up.” Collegiate Recovery Program wanted to express that good Samaritan laws allow people to be able to administer Naloxone to someone overdosing, and not get in trouble with law enforcement. Susan Mullens, the recovery specialist and coordinator at the Collegiate Recovery Program, wants WVU to know if the indi-

vidual calls 911 before or after giving the dose, then they will be helping to save someone’s life. Mullens has been involved in trying to raise awareness about naloxone before she worked at WVU. “There are drugs that are making their way into the area, (and) I think that it is important for students to know how to recognize an overdose and what to do,” Mullen said. “Students need to be prepared to know how to respond to it.” Along with Mullen providing awareness about Naloxone across WVU, Sen. Ron Stollings, is trying to get naloxone into public schools across the state. A state senate bill, SB-36, would allow school nurses to have naloxone on or near schools and administer the medication if the nurse believes the student is having an opioid overdose.

Through the eyes of an EMT: Paul Seamann recalls treating overdoses When Paul Seamann first became a volunteer EMT 30 years ago, he never imagined how terrifying it would be to witness someone overdosing on opioids for the first time. Seamann, now the director of operations at Jan-Care Ambulance in Morgantown, has administered Naloxone 20 times in his career as an EMT and paramedic. “I remember the first time (administering naloxone), it did work, but it was one of the most dramatic experiences in my life,” Seamann said. “When you think surely someone won’t be able to survive this, and they’re blue, it was very

dramatic when they regain consciousness.” Throughout Seamann’s experience with naloxone, he wants to urge people to know that it isn’t a safety net to abuse prescription drugs. “It can give you the sense that it’s a miracle drug. Yet sometimes, it doesn’t always work out in the best way,” Seamann said. Depending on the amount of opioids the person overdosed on and how fast the naloxone was given can affect if they will live or not. Seamann wants the public to know that while the drug does help many people, a lot of factors can go into a life or death

What to do if somebody overdoses 1. Identify Overdose — Opioid overdose happens when the person is unresponsive and not breathing. — Blue, grey or pale skin color — Small pupils 2. Call 911 3. Give Naloxone 4. Give CPR until emergency responders arrive

How to deliver naloxone 1. Open cap of naloxone vial 2. Remove cap of needle, then insert into vial 3. Pull back the plunger and draw 1 mL of naloxone 4. Using needle, inject directly into muscle in upper arm or upper thighs Auto-injector 1. Follow step-by-step voice instructions from injector. Multi-step nasal spray 1. Remove caps from ends of applicator 2. Twist nasal adapter on tip of applicator until tight 3. Take purple cap off naloxone syringe, then insert in the other side of applicator and twist until tight 4. Push half of the naloxone (1 mL) into each nostril. Single-step nasal spray 1. Peel back tap with circle to open, insert top into either nostril and administer full dose.

Rehabilitation Centers in Morgantown Drug and Alcohol Detox Center (304) 212-6880 ROB SIMMONS / THE DAILY ATHENAEUM

Volunteers at the WVU Injury Control Research Center assembled Naloxone rescue kits to be distributed statewide. situation. “When someone is a longterm user, the user can wake up and go in to withdrawal from the drug,” Seamann said. “It doesn’t cure addic-

tion. When someone is giving it to a family member or friend, it saves people and tries to give them a chance for EMT to help them receive medical attention.”

Bridges Drug Rehab (800) 558-9216 Morgantown Sober Living (304) 413-4300

REPORTING BY ADRIANNE UPHOLD DESIGN BY JOEL WHETZEL


10 | CULTURE

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2017

CULTURE

Frostburn brings Burning Man to winter weather BY JEFFREY SCOTT STAFF WRITER

For those who would rather party on the slopes than in the desert, Frostburn offers a chilly alternative to the famed Burning Man Festival. Taking place this weekend on Marvin’s Mountaintop in

Masontown, WV, Frostburn will offer art, food and fire to bring the Burning Man Desert Spirit to the Arctic Tundra. The Burning Man Festival occurs once a year toward the end of summer in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, where tens of thousands of people gather to create a temporary metropolis called Black Rock

City. This is dedicated to the community, art, self-expression and self-reliance, welcoming anyone who wants to let their creativity flow. Frostburn, founded with the help of some Pittsburgh Burning Man fans who wanted to spread the festivals spirit to winter months, has been running strong

Which Wich to come to Mountainlair this April BY AVERY LYONS CORRESPONDENT

Since Quiznos closed in Spring 2014, its spot in the Mountainlair has sat vacant and used for storage, but by the end of this semester, a new sandwich shop will take its place. Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, a Dallas-based franchise, will take the empty spot next to JACS, and offer an additional meal plan option for those dining downtown. The restaurant offers more than 50 varieties of customizable “wiches” that customers order by writing exactly what they want on the paper bag the sandwich comes in. Students can enjoy the sandwich of their choice with chips, cookies or hand-spun milkshakes. “I was visiting a friend in D.C. when she found out that I had never heard of Which Wich, so she was adamant on making my try

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Which Wich is expected to open int he Mountainlair come April 2017. it,” said WVU freshman Lily Hicks. “It lived up to the expectations. They’re sandwiches are good, and the setup is even better.” The menu features several vegetarian and vegan options in addition to several healthy “wiches” with less than 400 calories. In 2015, Which Wich won the Menu Masters Award for Healthful Innovations. Hicks said she was excited for the new restaurant because it would bring more variety to the dining options

at the Mountainlair. “I feel like some of the only healthy options in the lair are salads or sushi and most of the time that’s not filling enough,”Hicks said. “Which Wich will offer a healthier option that actually fills you up.” The new restaurant is set to open in April 2017. It will accept meal swipes during meal plan hours, as well as dining dollars, Mountie Bounty, credit cards and cash during normal hours.

since 2008 with attendance increasing every year. “Our motto is ‘Share the Warmth’ and we mean that in the sense of the warmth of the community, as well as the warmth of a good fire in the snow,” said Jessie Tymoczko, Frostburn’s event coordinator and sitting member on the festival’s Board of Directors.

Following Burning Man’s philosophies, Frostburn is proud to be an inclusive environment of entertainment and self-discovery, where every individual is encouraged to reach out and take part. “Anyone may be a part of Burning Man,” said Burning Man’s co-founder Larry Harvey on the Burning Man of-

ficial website. “We welcome and respect the stranger.” Gates for Frostburn will open at noon on Thursday, Feb. 16 and the event will last until Monday, Feb. 20. Tickets for the event, alongside bundle of firewood can be purchased at the gate for $100 or on the event’s website at www.frostburn.org for $50.

Black History Month

Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. King, a Baptist minister and civilrights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Among his many efforts, King headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Through his activism and inspirational speeches he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of

African-American citizens in the United States, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. He was assassinated in April 1968, and continues to be remembered as one of the most influential and inspirational African-American leaders in history.

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In his book, “American Pain,” John Temple tells the story of the king of Florida pill mills, a mega-clinic expressly created to serve addicts posing as patients, and how it helped tip the nation into its current opioid crisis, the deadliest drug epidemic in American history. Managing Editor Jennifer Gardner spoke to Temple about the book and how he went about investigating and writing the book. Q. How did you become interested in the pain clinic? A. I read a short article about the pain clinic. Just living here and having seen how devastating the opioid epidemic has been, I was always really curious about it—how it happened and why it happened. This pain clinic was so big, so overt. They were basically dealing drugs but no one could do anything about it. I just thought it was such a crazy story, I had to write it. Q. How did you begin your investigation into the story? A. I spent about three or four months just reading, because I came into the subject not knowing that much about it. I read government reports, news articles, magazine stories and a ton of court documents related to this criminal case. I wanted to become familiar with the subject as a whole and understand it before I delved into it. I also went to a big annual conference around the big prescription drug epidemic in Florida. So I met a lot of people there, like speakers and experts. Then I began going and reaching out to the people involved in the case. A bunch of them are in prison, so I wrote them letters and started doing interviews over the phone with the ones who would talk to me. Eventually, I went and visited some of them. I just traveled to Florida a bunch of times and interviewed a bunch of those who were (not in prison). It just sort of started coming together that way. Q. Did you run into any roadblocks while you were collecting information? A. Oh my gosh, yeah. Probably the biggest roadblock was that there was an ongoing criminal case related to one of the doctors. Early on, there was a trial that I went to, and then the doctors were convicted, but then there were appeals. So the biggest issue there was that the FBI and the federal pros-

John Temple, M.F.A. Journalism Professor Reed College of Media ecutors, who prosecuted this case, would not talk to me for a long time. They wanted to talk but they are not allowed to talk when there’s an ongoing criminal case. They don’t want to say something to me that messes up the case. I did talk to a bunch of people, who were involved with the case, confidentially, a bunch of times, and they indicated that they really want to talk but they were constrained.

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WRESTLING On the mat, WVU redshirt junior and fifthranked Jacob A. Smith is a force to be reckoned with at 197 pounds. After spending his freshman year at Cleveland State and later receiving a medical hardship waiver for that season, Smith returned to his home state and WVU. As a native of Charleston, Smith takes pride in his home state and doesn’t forget his early influences and what motivated him on his path to becoming a highly successful wrestler for the Mountaineers. “I’d say being a native coming from West Virginia, it means absolutely everything to me,” Smith said. “Growing up, I’ve always looked up to the kids that were kind of in my position, and I always wanted to eventually get to this level—to be able to fulfill those shoes that I always looked up to. Now, I know a lot of people are looking up to me so it’s really good feeling.” So far at WVU, Smith has qualified for the NCAA Championships the past two years and has cracked the top 10 rankings for the second consecutive season. He’s also someone who does the

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WVU’s Jacob Smith faces off with Preston Weigal during the 2016 wrestling season. little things right both on and off the mat according to head coach Sammie Henson. “He’s doing everything right right now,” Henson said. “I always say that if you’re doing things right off the mat, it carries over.” It has indeed carried over to the mat. This season, Smith leads the Mountaineers with a 16-4 record and currently has a 10-match winning streak. He’s also ranked the highest he’s been in his college career at No. 5. To add to his achievements, Smith was also named Big 12 Co-Wrestler of the week after go-

ing 2-0 this past weekend, which included wins over No. 7 Nate Rotert of South Dakota State by injury default and Marcus Harrington of Iowa State by a 12-0 major decision, helping WVU win its firstever Big 12 dual match. Despite the high ranking and 10-match win streak, Smith doesn’t think much of them as he knows anything can happen on the mat on any given day. “I try not to get involved in the rankings too much,” Smith said. “Rankings really don’t mean much especially when you get to the national tournament.” As the Mountaineers

close out their home slate Friday night against No. 23 Edinboro and move on to face Clarion on the road Sunday, Smith will look to lead WVU to a couple more dual match victories, hopefully ending the season on a high note. Then it will be tournament time for Smith and some fellow Mountaineers, as the Big 12 championships begin in early March, followed by the NCAA championships in mid-March. “Jake needs to keep working hard, and he will do amazing things at Big 12s and NCAAs,” Henson said in an interview with WVUSports.com. “If

“Growing up, I’ve always looked up to the kids that were kind of in my position and I always wanted to eventually get to this level—to be able to fulfill those shoes that I always looked up to” - Jacob Smith, WVU Wrestling he maintains his composure, he’s going to do great things.” Smith has a combined record of 3-4 at the Big 12 Championships, including a runner-up finish two years ago, and a combined record of 3-5 at the NCAA championships. The motivation for himself to finish the year off strong is high for Smith, but that motivation never goes away as it has played a critical role to his success in his college wres-

tling career as he continues to fill in the shoes of those he looked up to when growing up. “I just think I’m staying consistent,” Smith said. “It’s hard to find myself not motivated, being a Mountaineer.” For more stories regarding WVU sports, visit: http://TheDAonline.com/ Sports


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Mountaineers search to keep momentum going Wednesday BY NEEL MADHAVAN SPORTS WRITER

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL As it tries to start a winning streak for the first time since the end of December, the WVU women’s basketball team is set to host No. 25 Kansas State at 7 p.m. tonight at the WVU Coliseum. After going through a threegame losing streak, the Mountaineers (17-8, 5-8 Big 12) turned things around on Saturday, demolishing Oklahoma State thanks to a school-record 17 3-pointers. “I think we are getting a little swagger back,” said head coach Mike Carey. “I think we are gaining some more confidence. We are shooting the ball better and

moving the ball better. We’re rebounding the ball better. If we can do those things (Wednesday) night, we should be right there.” Sophomore guard Tynice Martin comes into tonight’s matchup on fire as of late. In the past two games against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, Martin has scored 35 and 30 points, respectively. It was the first time a Mountaineer has had back-to-back 30-point games since Meg Bulger in 2005. Her performance last week earned her Big 12 Conference Player of the Week honors. Martin is averaging a team-leading 18.1 points per game this season. “She’s been very aggressive offensively and Chania Ray has done a great job of finding her,”

“I think we are getting a little swagger back.” -Mike Carey, Head Coach WVU Women’s Basketball

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WVU guard Chania Ray pushes the Mountaineer offense forward during a 89-79 win over Texas Tech on Jan. 25, 2017. Carey said. “A lot of those shots, Chania Ray is setting her up, you have to give her a lot of credit too.” Like she has all season, cen-

ter Lanay Montgomery will man the post for the Mountaineers. The senior is second in the nation in field goal percentage at 68.2 percent and is ninth na-

tionally in blocked shots. The Wildcats (18-7, 8-5 Big 12) are led by a pair of seniors in center Breanna Lewis and guard Kindred Wesemann. The two are each averaging exactly 14 points per game this season for K-State. When the two teams faced each other earlier this season on Jan. 1, the Wildcats came out on top, pulling a a decisive 86-71 victory behind Lewis’ 23-point performance. “I want us to attack their zone a lot better,” Carey said. “We need to have better ball movement and go inside out. Defen-

sively, they beat us on a lot of backdoors and a lot of touches in the paint. We need to keep their guards out of the paint and limit them to one shot. We need to try to get a running game going before they set up in a zone.” In that game, Ray scored a career-high 23 points for the Mountaineers, but the team got zero points from its bench, which ended up costing them a chance at the victory. If the Mountaineers are to upset the Wildcats tonight, they have to get some kind of measurable contribution from their bench.

SCOUTING THE NFL DRAFT West Virginia is sending five players to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, marking the most of any school this year in the Big 12. Rasul Douglas (Cornerback) Douglas excelled his senior season, recording a national best eight interceptions. He’s rated as the No. 15 cornerback in this year’s Draft class and is tabbed as a third round selection.

Shelton Gibson (Receiver) After tallying 951 receiving yards as a junior, Gibson declared a year early for the NFL Draft. He’s projected as a sixth-seventh round pick by CBS, but is also deemed as a fourth rounder by WalterFootball.com.

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Tyler Orlosky (Center) Orlosky was named a Second Team AP All-American as the anchor of WVU’s offensive line. The Ohio native is the No. 3 center and is projected in the second-third round.

Noble Nwachukwu (Defensive Line) Despite taking a slight step back in numbers, Nwachukwu finished with four sacks during his final year in Morgantown. Nwachukwu is slated to go in the seventh round or be picked up as a free agent.

Rushel Shell (Running Back) Hindered by injuries, Shell finished with 514 rushing yards and five touchdowns as a senior – his lowest marks during his three years at WVU. Shell is listed as the No. 37 running back and is projected to go undrafted.

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WVU’s McNeil makes most CLASSIFIEDS of move from Jamaica to USA BY ABBIE BACKENSTOE SPORTS WRITER

TRACK In Shamoya McNeil’s homeland of Jamaica, her primary school would often host small events where the students would compete against each other. After watching her compete in one of the events, the track and field coach at her school invited McNeil to try out. The now junior triple jumper explained that sports are very important in Jamaica and are emphasized by involving students in them early on by hosting events such as “sports days.” “It starts in the school systems and you go on to high school and then,

“It is about your interest and how good you are, then you’ll know if it is very important to you or if you’re interested in continuing.” - Shamoya McNeil, WVU Track if you want and if you’re good enough, you continue,” NcNeil said. “It is about your interest and how good you are, then you’ll know if it is very important to you or if you’re interested in continuing.” McNeil came to the United States in 2014 when she enrolled at WVU as a freshman. “I would use the word anxious,” McNeil said about coming to the United States. “I knew it would be different and I was ready to take things on in the ‘new world’ I was in.” She said one of the big-

gest changes in coming to the U.S. was the weather. “It changes here,” McNeil said. “Most of the time in Jamaica it just stays the same so we don’t have to change our daily routine for the weather like we do here.” She chose to bring her talents to WVU for two reasons, one being assistant coach Shelly-Ann Gallimore, and the other being academics. “(Gallimore) came to my championship in Jamaica and recruited me, as well as other coaches from other schools, but I thought the offer that was

placed by West Virginia was better than the others,” McNeil said. “I also thought since Shelly is also Jamaican, that would be a good guidance and background for me, so I chose this school.” Academically and athletically, McNeil has proven her worth as a Mountaineer. She earned Academic All-Big 12 first team her sophomore year, as well as earning All-Big 12 at the 2016 Track and Field Big 12 Championships for her performance in the triple jump. “West Virginia has a good academic standard,” NcNeil said. “I’m interested in that along with my track career, so I thought that this would be a good mixture of everything.” Follow us on social media!

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