Ole Miss program will aim to cut drug and alcohol abuse

Ole Miss program will aim to cut drug and alcohol abuse

OXFORD, MS (AP) - A new program planned at the University of Mississippi will try to reduce the abuse of drugs and alcohol.

A university news release says the William Magee Center for Wellness Education is set to open in 2018. It is named for a young Ole Miss alumnus who died of an overdose in 2013 while trying to overcome drug addiction.

Donors have given more than $500,000, and another $850,000 is pledged.

Among the donors are Magee's parents, David and Kent Magee. David is publisher of the Oxford Eagle, and has written about how his son, who was a track athlete and honors student, struggled with addiction.

The center will offer educational programs.

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