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Addressing substance abuse is a “strategic priority” for Penn State.

Now, with Penn State Harrisburg receiving a $2.5 million gift from The Douglas W. Pollock Foundation, the university can advance this priority.

The gift will fund the Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research, which will fund research, enact policies aimed at preventing and treating addiction, and connect the community to “numerous agencies and corporations,” according to Penn State News.

According to Penn State Harrisburg’s website, “The goal of the Pollock Center will not solely be to end deaths; it will also facilitate the opportunity to recover to safe, healthy, and productive lives.”

The Pollock Center will specifically focus on providing help to veterans and families who deal with challenges related to addiction and community organizations in hopes of combating substance abuse across Pennsylvania.

The center will be housed in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Behavioral Sciences and Education and headed by assistant teaching professor of health education, Weston Kensinger.

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