Mandel School faculty members write about models for understanding addiction

Two Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences faculty members examined the public health and moral models of understanding addiction in an op-ed published in the Akron Beacon Journal.

Mark Singer, the Leonard W. Mayo Professor in Family and Child Welfare, and Lenore Kola, associate professor emerita at the Mandel School and co-director of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices, wrote the op-ed, titled “An epidemic about moral failure or a public health emergency? 

In the op-ed, they explained how the crack addiction epidemic in the 1980s and ’90s was largely viewed as a moral issue, and made a call for the current opioid epidemic to be viewed more as a public health issue.

Read their op-ed.