Drug Forum Held for Parents at Wheeling Park High School


On Thursday night, a forum was held at Wheeling Park High School to educate parents and students about the dangers of heroin and opiates. It was put on by the Ohio Valley Addiction Action Plan, and featured a power point presentation with startling facts about drug use in the state.

Multiple speakers were on-hand to address the group as well, including United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld, a recovery coach, and a Wheeling Police Officer.

Ihlenfeld said it is important to start education about drug use at an early age. “It’s important that we’re here at a high school because that’s probably who we’re trying to protect the most, our young people,” he said.  “If we can prevent them from using drugs like heroin or prescription pain killers before the reach the age of 21, then we’ve done a huge service to all of them because the studies show if they can get to that age, without using or abusing those substances, they’re not likely to ever use or abuse those substances.”

Similar forums are planned for Weir and Brooke High Schools. If you want to learn more about the Ohio Valley Addiction Action Plan, you can visit www.drugfreeov.com.

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