In response to the addiction epidemic in the United States, Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) recently announced it will offer courses on substance misuse.
The college will offer an "addiction track" in its Social and Human Services program. Students can complete an associates' or bachelor's degree in the track, which will allow them to become certified addiction counselors and professionals.
Bachelor’s degree recipients will also meet training requirements for the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium's certification in alcohol and drug counseling.
“Graduates of FSW’s degree and certificate programs will be key in addressing the addictions epidemic in Southwest Florida,” Terry McVannel-Erwin, program coordinator of FSW's Social and Human Services program and certified master’s level addiction professional, said.
The Florida Certification Board has reviewed and approved the new courses.
The new programming track comes after a report from the U.S. Surgeon General classified drug addiction as "one of the most pressing public health crises of our time.”