Project FUTURE is a comprehensive strategy to educate parents and children about the dangers of prescribed medicine, synthetic drugs, and other illegal drugs that are plaguing communities in West Virginia. The goal is for every child to live a life free from drug abuse, and we plan to achieve that goal through education, enforcement, and proper medication disposal.
The consequences of medicine abuse have increased dramatically, causing the death toll from pain pills to triple over the past decade. Every day in America 2,500 teens use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. Due to this alarming trend more accidental deaths are now caused by drug overdoses than by car accidents. West Virginia was recently ranked second in the nation for drug overdose deaths, and thus the problem here is much worse than in most places.
Synthetic drugs, including substances commonly referred to as ‘Bath Salts’ and ‘Spice’, are an emerging threat that most people are unfamiliar with, hence the need for more education. These drugs are addictive, deadly and readily available in the Ohio Valley.
Other illegal drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, also constitute a major problem in our state and more education and enforcement is needed.
We know that our goal of children living a drug-free life is attainable because drug abuse is a preventable behavior, and addiction is a treatable disease.
Throughout the school year the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia will be going to middle schools and high schools around the state to educate young people about the dangers of drugs. Special guest speakers with real-life experience in dealing with addiction will be a part of each program. In addition, community awareness meetings will be held in the evening so that parents are aware of warning signs that their children may be using drugs. A discussion of emerging trends and threats, including synthetic drugs, will be held at each event.
Project Future Visits Local Schools
Pictured left to right: Wayne Campbell, president of Tyler’s Light; Dick Taylor, principal at Corpus Christi School; Becky Beabout, principal at St. Vincent de Paul Parish School; and, Lee Gruber, principal at St. Michael Parish School
Lee Gruber and Wayne Campbell
Becky Beabout and Wayne Campbell
Dick Taylor and Wayne Campbell
On April 9 and 10, 2013, the United States Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of West Virginia, along with Mr. Wayne Campbell, president of Tyler’s Light, presented Project Future to more than 635 students in the local area.
Approximately two hundred 7th and 8th graders from Corpus Christi, Our Lady of Peace, SS James and John, St. Michael, and St. Vincent de Paul schools saw the Project Future program at the Angelus Center
Project Future was presented to more than 235 students at the annual health fair at Cameron High School.
And, Project Future was presented to more than 200 students from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at Warwood Middle School.
Events: Northern District of West Virginia
The Project Future events that have already been scheduled for the area include:
February 21, 2013
February 22, 2013
March 27, 2013
April 9, 2013
April 30, 2013
May 1, 2013
Invite Project FUTURE to your school or community.
Call Sharon Perry at (304)234-7721 Or email Sharon.Perry2@usdoj.gov to schedule an event.
Drug Free Clubs of America -- http://www.drugfreeclub.com/
Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition -- http://ocsapc.blogspot.com/
Senator Jay Rockefeller -- http://www.rockefeller.senate.gov/public/
West Virginia's County-Level Wellness and Prevention Coalitions http://www.prevnet.org/countypartnerships/default.aspx