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Addiction and Art - Part of the Excellence Lecture Series: “Provocations"

Location: College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Room 103-105

Using Art as Dialogue in the Substance Abuse Epidemic
Presented by Margaret Dowell

Substance abuse and addiction to alcohol, tobacco and illegal and or prescription drugs are leading health problems that are prevalent, deadly and costly.  Today, substance abuse and addiction account for one in 5 deaths annually as major contributors to heart disease, cancer, strokes as well as accidents, acts of violence and murders.   Locally, Southern Maryland has seen an unprecedented spike in heroin/fentanyl overdoses and deaths.

Why Art?  Science has proven addiction to be a disease of the brain, affecting both brain and behavior.  Addiction related Art has the potential to take this message to the masses, most of whom still consider addiction to be a "weakness" or "moral failing" worthy of punishment. It can convey the human experience of addiction in a way that can help the general public understand addiction as a preventable and treatable chronic disease. Artworks about addiction and recovery can stimulate dialogue, can teach, and at this crucial point in history, can support contemporary scientific research for our world's well-being

About the Series:

The CSM Faculty Excellence Lecture Series was established to highlight and share the scholarly work and interests of our faculty with their colleagues, students, and community members. The lectures are free, but tickets are required and can be obtained at the CSM Box Office at For more on the series, call 301-934-7578 or e-mail Stephen Johnson at

Earlier Event: April 17
Narcan Training
Later Event: April 20
Shatter the Stigma 5K Race