Heroin overdoses spike in Wheeling, raising the total number to 6 just this week.
Now the Ohio Valley is getting ready for a week devoted to education on just how deadly and addictive the drug is.
The National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week will include lots of events hosted by the US Attorney William Ihlenfeld’s office.
Ihlenfeld will speak to 5th graders in 20 different schools, hoping to make an impact on them before they are offered drugs.
Top middle and high school students from across Northern West Virginia will meet at Fairmont State to brainstorm the best ways to talk about resisting drugs on social media and free drug testing kits will be given out to parents and grandparents at the Brooke versus Wheeling Park Football game.
There are several other events planned for the week.
“They’ve got to reject the notion that it can’t happen in their household, because it’s happened in thousands of households in West Virginia. And when we hand out these drug testing kits sometimes I’ll have a parent who will say ‘I don’t need it, it’s not happening in my household, but thanks anyway. And I think to myself, you never know when it’s going to happen, you never know when it’s going to start, you never know when your child might be offered something and they might say yes,” said Ihlenfield.
Ihlenfeld says that the drug testing kits should not run out, and if they do, his office will mail one to your family directly.
There will also be an awareness walk with the students at Madison Elementary School.
We’ll have complete coverage during the entire week.