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Ishan Viradia’s research earns honors

Stratford freshman's study of opioids wins first place at Georgia College Science and Technology Fair

Freshman Ishan Viradia

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Freshman Ishan Viradia

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Since the summer of 2017, Georgia and other states have experienced an opioid epidemic. Opioids are pain-reducing drugs that are abused by many but, if taken correctly, are beneficial.

Stratford Academy freshman Ishan Viradia is off to a good start on his way to hopefully finding a solution. Ishon recently won the 2018 Science and Engineering Fair at Georgia College.  

He had been told about the opioid problem from his father’s friend, a physician. He understood the dangers that come with taking opioids and wondered if there were an alternative.

Ishan did many hours of research and found Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), which stimulates nerves to release endorphins, so people experience less pain.

After a few months, Ishan went to the regional competition in December and won first place and Best of Class. He also attended the state fair in March.

Even though the science fair is over, Ishan still has high hopes.

“I was maybe thinking about expanding it, because I only decreased the opioid use to around 30 patients,” he said. “I was thinking about publishing it with the CDC (Center for Disease Control).”

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Miller Cranford, Gazebo Staff Writer
Miller Cranford is a freshman and in her first year on The Gazebo staff. She is a member of the JV volleyball team, and plans to join the varsity swim team in October. Miller’s two favorite subjects are Biology and Economics. Some of her interests consist of writing, spending time with friends and family (pets...
Sabina Ajjan, Gazebo Staff Writer
Sabina Ajjan is a freshman and in her first year on The Gazebo. She is a member of the Color Guard and plays violin for the symphonic band. She loves being a Weagle on the swim team and being on the math team. Sabina is also part of the Spanish and Key Club. Her favorite...
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