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Second Annual Kevin McCarthy Alcoholism Awareness Dinner

Mylan School of Pharmacy

In honor of Alcohol Awareness month, Duquesne University's Mylan School of Pharmacy hosted the Second Annual Kevin McCarthy Alcoholism Awareness benefit dinner in memory of Carl W. Herbe on April 27, 2014 in Duquesne's Power Center Ballroom. Randy Herbe, the honoree's son, spoke of how he overcame his own struggles with alcoholism to become a successful business owner and contributing member of the community. Randy continues to offer recovering addicts a chance to make their way back into society by providing employment opportunities. Following the invocation by the Reverend Raymond French, Vice President for Mission and Identity, Dr. Vincent Giannetti, a licensed psychologist and professor, provided an overview of the disease model of addiction as well as treatment options for those with drug and alcohol dependencies.

School of Pharmacy student members of H.E.A.R.T. (Helping to Educate and Rehabilitate Together), further engaged the audience in an activity that illustrated the devastation that addiction can wreak by robbing individuals of their most precious possessions and relationships. Established in 1990, H.E.A.R.T. is an organization composed of concerned pharmacy students who have an interest in or have been affected by the problems associated with chemical dependency. Its purpose is to increase awareness and provide education about the disease of addiction.

Colleen Owens, a benefit dinner attendee, commented, "I feel one of the most important parts of this benefit, is realizing that alcoholism is in fact an illness. . . . And the best way of finding help for those who are afflicted with it."

Proceeds from the Alcoholism Awareness dinner benefit the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, a residential treatment program located on the Northside of Pittsburgh, which provides assistance for men with drug and alcohol dependencies.

"Alcohol Awareness Month, held every April, was founded by and has been sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence since 1987 to increase public awareness and understanding aimed at reducing the stigma that too often prevents individuals and families from seeking help," says the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

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