EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFilm, Facebook Page Touted To Educate Young People About Prescription Drug Abuse
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 23, 2013 4:49 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 24, 2013 10:23 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Huntington Police Department Chief Skip Holbrook on Monday met with students and faculty at Huntington Middle School to launch a film and Facebook page designed to educate young people about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
Goodwin said that building relationships between the law enforcement and education communities is essential toward strengthening prevention efforts, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“We commissioned this film in an effort to get students’ attention. They must understand that prescription pill abuse has real consequences. It can send a person’s life into a downward spiral in the blink of an eye,” Goodwin said.
The educational film, known as “E.O.D. Equal Opportunity Destroyer” or “E.O.D.,” was developed through a partnership between the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia and the Huntington Police Department.
It was funded by a grant from the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services. The 17-minute film features the true stories of a West Virginia father and a young woman whose lives have been tremendously altered by prescription drug abuse.
Goodwin debuted the E.O.D. film during a statewide education conference at the Charleston Civic Center in June. Since then, Goodwin has shown the film at schools and professional conferences throughout the state, in an effort to educate the public about the dangers associated with prescription pill abuse.
Officials are encouraging people to share the film. You go to the website here and Facebook here
The official E.O.D. video can also be viewed on YouTube by clicking the link here
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