NEW RICHMOND, WV (WVNS)- Administrators at Wyoming County Schools are working to inspire their youth to do better. Wyoming East High School held an opioid summit life readiness fair Thursday.
Beckley ARH Hospital worked with the county’s family resource network and other organizations to provide resources and information to these students. Community outreach liaison Dee Sizemore said there are many ways they’re working to combat the issue in younger generations at the school.
“We have speakers who are in recovery, we have law enforcement here speaking, we have family members of those who lost their lives to substance abuse disorder and it’s just important for students to get a view of what that life can be like,” Sizemore said.
One of the organizations there was Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, which brings younger generations together to raise awareness for the current drug epidemic in their community. Joesph Watson and his family are avid members in SADD and as a junior at Wyoming East, he said he wants to help his struggling peers in any way he can.
“I’ve told them and told them again, you need to stop. I’ve been around this stuff, and I’ve seen what it does,” Watson said.
There are many other young adults like Joesph’s friends who have started an unhealthy addiction at a young age. Sizemore said teaching these younger generations about the hazards drugs and addiction can bring to your health and your life could lead to killing off an epidemic in the state.
“Kids are our key to doing that. Getting to them early, doing that prevention work, and making them realize that they have a voice, and that there is hope. There is hope. They don’t have to be labeled the drug capital of the United States,” she said.
This fair will be held at Westside High School on Friday, September 27, for those students.