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U.S. Attorney launches high school drug-free PSA contest

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – U.S. Attorney Bill Powell is encouraging high school students from across his district to spread the message of the dangers of drugs by holding a public service announcement contest.

“We obviously feel that aggressive prosecutions are a really important part of the drug battle. However, prevention and treatment are equally important goals. When students recognize the dangers of drug abuse, are educated on prevention efforts and encouraged in the process, significant progress can be made. We encourage as many students as possible to get involved,” said Powell.

The contest, which is open to all high schools in the 32 counties in the Northern District of West Virginia, is a chance for the students to write, act, and produce in their own television PSA, promoting a drug-free high school. Students are encouraged to come up with a drug-free message to share with their peers, produce a 60-second video, and submit the video to the contest by December 15, 2019.

All videos will be watched and judged by a panel of law enforcement partners and television professionals. The winner will be announced at the Cancer Research Classic basketball tournament January 3 and 4, 2020 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. The winner will receive an award from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the PSA will be shared with media outlets across the district for airing. All videos submitted to the contest will be showcased at the tournament. 

Students are encouraged to join the Drug Free Club of America at their school to gain free admission to the event. For contest rules, questions, and more details, call 304-234-7743.

Updated September 17, 2019

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