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The war against synthetic drugs

Date: 3/23/2012

Experts warn that these synthetic drugs, which mimic marijuana and other street drugs, are unstable, dangerous and can kill.

Concerns are reported to be so high that the Council on Chemical Abuse held a seminar at Alvernia University Thursday night to educate the public on how to combat the issue, officials said. 

Alvernia's Addiction Studies Program Director and Executive Director of the Council on Chemical Abuse, George Vogel, discussed the dangers of synthetic drugs at the seminar.

>> See full coverage on WFMZ Channel 69 news. 

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.