Thursday, September 27, 2012
On this episode, we meet actress Ann McEvoy, who knows all too well the painful consequences of drug addiction. Ann is a cast member of the new play titled Legally Addicted, about drug abuse and the illegal use of prescription medication. The play is the latest tool in the fight against drug abuse for Recovery Resources, an agency that helps people with dependency. The play is produced in collaboration with the Fairmount Center for the Arts, in hopes of reducing the number of deaths - totaling over 1,500 - that occur each year in Ohio from abuse of prescription drugs.
Addiction comes in many forms - drugs, alcohol, sex… and even food. For problem eaters, carrying too much weight can lead to difficulties like sleep apnea, limited mobility, and pain in the back and joints. But for one local musician, Colin Dussault, the consequences of overeating were far more severe, and almost cost him his life.
University of Akron Psychology Exhibit
Art, like most things in life, is open to interpretation. For centuries, humans have been fascinated by the very sophisticated set of cognitive processes that allow us to see things the way we do. In 1879 that curiosity evolved into the study of psychology. Since then, psychologists and scientists have attempted to quantify human behavior and emotions through experiments and all sorts of devices. Many of these instruments designed to get inside our heads are now on view at the University of Akron.