George Hartwick, Dauphin County Commissioner
Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick provided opening remarks for the 2017 Central PA Addictions Conference, held at the PA Farmshow Building. Hartwick announced that the conference has a record number of participants in 2017 - accommodating 284 participants over the conference's three days. Hartwick also mentioned that since December 2016, 54 lives have been saved by police officers administrating Narcan in Dauphin County.
Substance Abuse Across The Lives of Women Who Kill
Kathryn Whiteley, PhD, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Kathryn Whiteley, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice with Messiah College, provided an overview of her research focused on Substance Abuse Across the Lives of Women Who Kill. Little is known of the women who kills. Males perpetrate 90 percent of the total homicides across westernized nations; therefore, the research focus has been on the male homicide offender. Whiteley's presentation provided an overview of women who kill. Whiteley spoke of the "universal explanations" for a women who kills, including victimization, mental illness and the discourse of bad or evil. Whiteley's presentation also included a brief discussion of the life stories of women who have perpetrated homicide and the role that substance abuse played throughout their troubled lives.