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 is ranked #1 in the nation for drug overdose deaths, making West Virginia ground zero for this nationwide epidemic. Every 9.5 hours, someone dies in West Virginia of a drug overdose.
Synthetic drugs, including fentanyl and carfentanyl, are a silent and deadly threat, hence the need for more education.
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 some programs.
Invite Project FUTURE to your school or community.
Call Stacy Bishop at (304) 234-7743 or email email@example.com to schedule an event.