Liberty President Jerry Falwell to speak at opioid town hall event in Charleston
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell and his wife, Becki, will take part in their second town hall event addressing the national opioid crisis at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, S.C., Tuesday night.
The broadcast is part of a partnership between the university and Sinclair Broadcast Group. The first town hall event kicked off at Liberty in November with first lady Melania Trump, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar II. Former Fox News host Eric Bolling moderated the event.
Bolling lost his son to an accidental opioid overdose in 2017. Since his death, Bolling and his wife, Adrienne, have used their platform to spread awareness and help families avoid tragedy.
Along with the Falwells, expected guests at the Charleston Southern University town hall include Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and President of Charleston Southern and Liberty alumnus Dondi Costin.
More than 300,000 Americans have died from overdoses involving opioids since 2000. From 2014 to 2015, deaths from synthetic opioids increased by 72 percent. In 2017, more than 72,000 died from drug overdoses, with the majority being from opioids.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live on select Sinclair TV stations, including WJLA-Washington, D.C., WACH-Columbia, S.C., WCIV-Charleston, S.C., WPDE-Myrtle Beach and WSET-Lynchburg, Va. For viewers not in these markets, the town hall will also be available via livestream on Sinclair station websites and Liberty’s Facebook page.
Liberty and Sinclair will also sponsor town halls with Baltimore-affiliate WBFF on March 14 (addressing what U.S. cities and towns are doing to combat the crisis), with West Palm Beach-affiliate WPEC on March 27 (discussing the gateway for drugs and entry into the U.S.), and Little Rock-affiliate KATV on April 16 (on the prevention and solutions to the crisis).