Groups seek to prevent substance abuse

The Randolph County America’s Promise Coalition and Family Resource Network have partnered with area elementary students to focus on the importance of preventing substance abuse, as part of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations’ National Prevention Week 2013.

This is a time for communities to come together and focus on the importance of preventing substance abuse and promote mental, emotional and behavioral well-being. National Prevention Week echoes a key message of the U.S. Surgeon General’s National Prevention Strategy, emphasizing that prevention should be woven into all aspects of our lives – including where and how we live, learn, work and play – and that everyone has a role in creating a healthier nation.

Area elementary students were given brown paper bags and asked to create a prevention message concerning substance abuse. Once created, the works of art will be distributed to local retailers to be distributed to customers. It is the hope of the students and coalition that people who receive the messages will take notice and make positive changes in their lives.

Alcohol abuse, illicit drug use and prescription drug abuse are widespread issues that affect individuals, families and communities.

Anyone who would like to get involved in the local prevention efforts can join the Randolph County America’s Promise Coalition at noon today at the Elkins-Randolph County Health Department or 6 p.m. June 4 at Woodford Church in Elkins.

More information about the coalition and its activities is available by calling 304-636-4454.