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“A Nation in Pain: Understanding America’s Opioid Epidemic” 
3:30 p.m. April 2, 2018 
Cordier Auditorium, Manchester University

Former U.S. Surgeon General to speak at Manchester about opioid epidemic

Vivek MurthyNORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – An internationally recognized health expert and former U.S. Surgeon General will speak next month at Manchester University. 

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy will present “A Nation in Pain: Understanding America’s Opioid Epidemic” at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 2 in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus.

The lecture will be presented as a “fireside chat” with MU President Dave McFadden. The public is invited to the free event; reservations are not necessary. 

Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States (from December 2014 to April 2017). During his tenure, he issued the first Surgeon General’s Report on Substance Use and Addiction.

He launched the national TurnTheTideRx campaign to address the opioid crisis. He was the first Surgeon General to issue a letter to health professionals across America, calling them to action to reduce opioid addiction and overdose deaths. 

Throughout his career, Murthy has led the way in conversations about medical education, social action and health care, co-founding several health care community organizations and grassroots citizen movements. Prior to becoming Surgeon General, he practiced and taught internal medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

This presentation is the 2018 Harry ’35 and Jeanette Henney Lectureship for Business, Education and Science. It was established by Dr. Jane E. Henney, a 1969 graduate of Manchester, to honor her parents. She was the first woman to serve as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at

March 2018

Andrew Fox, a student assistant in the Office of Strategic Communications, prepared this press release.

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