Local officials discuss substance abuse, leadership with Jefferson County students
HARPERS FERRY, WEST VIRGINIA – United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II and United States Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) visited C.W. Shipley Elementary School in Harpers Ferry on Monday to speak with the school’s fifth grade class about current trends impacting young people in the Mountain State.
Ihlenfeld spoke with students about substance abuse and addiction, highlighting the power that young people have to control the trajectory of their futures by choosing to be drug free. Capito shared tips for avoiding drug encounters and reporting suspected drug abuse while also discussing the importance of leadership and community engagement.
“Addiction has established a fierce grip in our region,” noted Ihlenfeld. “We are always looking for creative ways to reduce the demand for illegal drugs in our communities. That begins with prevention efforts targeted at young people. It is important to have honest and informed conversation with our children about the science of addiction while highlighting how quickly and powerfully drugs can change their lives. We look forward to future opportunities to engage with local youth.”
“I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with our youth – the future of West Virginia – about the devastating effects of drug abuse. Today’s program is an example of the comprehensive outreach our state is undertaking to address this growing epidemic,” said Senator Capito. “Communities throughout West Virginia need to be prepared to educate our youth about the dangers of drug abuse, while we also work to address our treatment and enforcement needs.”
Students also had the opportunity to interact with local law enforcement officials. Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Dougherty joined Ihlenfeld and Capito at C.W. Shipley Elementary School to discuss his role as Sheriff with the students.
Individuals interested in scheduling presentations or interactive forums on substance abuse trends or other topics for students and community groups in the Northern District of West Virginia are encouraged to contact the United States Attorney’s Office by calling (304) 234-0100 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.