CLP Continues at Mount Union with Discussions of the Heroin Epidemic

February 20, 2017

ALLIANCE, OH – On Tuesday, February 21, the University of Mount Union will be hosting its annual Continued Learning Program with Major John Oliver from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office speaking on the growing heroin epidemic.

Over the last few years, heroin has taken a hold on individuals across the United States, especially those belonging to Ohio. Considered the center of the heroin problem, Ohio was home to 1,444 fatal overdoses last year that included the use of heroin. Within recent years, Ohio has seen a near 20% increase in heroin-related deaths and the use of this cheap drug only continues to climb as its victims lose their children, jobs and even homes. Major John Oliver will shed additional light on this issue during his CLP talk on February 21.

Major John Oliver graduated from the county’s Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy in 1991. He began working with the Stark County Sheriff’s Office on patrol, before being promoted to sergeant in 2000. From there, he moved up to investigating sex offenses and doing the background checks for new hires. He was assigned to oversee the Stark County Metro Narcotics Unit in 2005, when cocaine and marijuana were the major drugs of concern. Law enforcement runs in his family, as Major Oliver's father worked for the Canton Police Department before retiring as a lieutenant in the detective bureau. Now, Major John Oliver oversees county Sheriff George Maier’s detective bureau and has been keeping Stark County residents safe for more than 25 years.

The remaining CLP sessions will also take place in the Newbold Room of the Hoover Price Campus Center at the University of Mount Union. They are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Abby Honaker at (330) 829-8168 or via email at

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