By Kathy Muse
Health and Human Performance
Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed East Carolina University assistant professor Dr. Beth Chaney to the North Carolina Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force.
The task force consists of 20 members appointed for a two-year term.
“I am honored to be appointed to the Governor’s task force and am hopeful that we will make positive impacts related to substance abuse and underage drinking prevention,” said Chaney.
Chaney leads a team of ECU researchers in an alcohol field study conducted in downtown Greenville. The study results will provide important data related to drinking behaviors of over 1,000 bar patrons for the task force to consider when developing recommendations for approaches to address the hazardous drinking issues in North Carolina.
“The behaviors associated with high-risk drinking are complex. Solutions to this problem will demand a multileveled approach, involving changes not only at the individual level, but also at the institutional, community and policy levels,” said Chaney.
Members are charged with preparing a comprehensive plan to address the underage sale and use of alcohol and drugs, risky behaviors and substance abuse among collegians. Additional work includes providing treatment and recovery services for individuals struggling with substance abuse, according to the executive order which created the task force. “I look forward to working with the task force members to begin to develop strategies for tackling these problems, said Chaney.”
“Substance abuse and underage drinking are critical public health concerns,” said Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance. “Beth’s service on this task force will add a researcher that understands the behavior of this important population as well as practical approaches to address the issues.”
The task force will build on statewide prevention, treatment and enforcement initiatives implemented by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, the Department of Health and Human Services and the UNC system.
The governor signed the executive order at ECU May 14. ECU is one of six University of North Carolina campuses that will take part in a pilot program that will emphasize prevention and treatment.
Chaney earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in health studies from The University of Alabama. She received a doctorate in health education from Texas A&M University.