Father who lost son to drug overdose to speak at WWU

Jim Marshall
Jim Marshall

A father who lost his son to a drug overdose will return to speak at William Woods University Wednesday, Feb. 18, as part of WWU’s Wisdom for Wellness series.

The program, “Prescription Monitoring and Drug Abuse,” will be held at 6 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Jim Marshall of Jefferson City has shared his message at William Woods in past years and returns to talk about the prescription monitoring bill in Missouri, synthetic marijuana, and the status of marijuana legalization in Missouri.

Cody Marshall
Cody Marshall

Marshall lost his 20-year-old son, Cody, in 2011 to a heroin overdose. Since then, he has proactively turned a tragic event into an opportunity to educate high school and college students on a wide variety of drug-related topics.

He is passionate about topics related to substance abuse. He has made it his mission as a father and educator to not only bring awareness to the problem of drug abuse, but he also works to change laws surrounding these issues.

“I am excited to bring Jim back to campus,” said Jennifer Burton of Counseling & Health Services Office at WWU and sponsor of the event. “Each time he presents on a new and compelling topic, I find students are keenly interested in what he has to say. His courage and passion for change are contagious.”