AG Announces Hurricane – Cabell Midland As Opioid Abuse Prevention Game of The Week

Updated 2 weeks ago Edited from a Press Release
CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced his office will feature the Hurricane vs. Cabell Midland gridiron matchup as an Opioid Abuse Prevention Game of the Week.


Throughout each week the initiative engages with student athletes, coaches, school officials and communities across West Virginia. Field representatives discuss the dangers of opioid use with the respective coaches and provide educational material for display and distribution in the schools to foster more discussion of the issue.

The week culminates with the Attorney General’s Office staffing an information booth at each of the select sporting events to distribute opioid abuse awareness materials.

“Alleviating the opioid scourge is vitally important to making our state the best it can be,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This epidemic has taken too many of our young people and left children without parents. As long as we work together, we will make a difference.”

The initiative, now in its second year, is part of a broader partnership to tackle opioid use in high school athletics. It involves the Attorney General’s Office, West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission and the West Virginia Board of Medicine.

“As a vital part of the surrounding community, Cabell Midland High School is proud to be involved in raising awareness of the opioid epidemic,” said Curt Mann, assistant principal at Cabell Midland High School. “We are pleased to see the Attorney General’s Office using community based programs and events to fight the mounting rise and abuse of these substances. Education is our passion and we believe that by educating students, parents, and other community members of the dangers and risks, we can help to curb and end the abuse in our community.”  

Opioid painkillers may temporarily relieve pain, but do nothing to address the underlying injury and can have serious side effects. The medication also carries striking similarities to heroin.
 
The Attorney General and his partners worry the unnecessary usage of opioid painkillers to treat athletic injuries could lead to increased dependence, abuse and addiction. 

This initiative pushes other forms of pain management. Alternatives include physical therapy, non-opioid painkillers, acupuncture, massage therapy and over-the-counter medication.

Parents and caregivers are urged to discuss alternative treatment plans with their child’s healthcare provider. If an opioid proves necessary, they are encouraged to strictly use the medication as directed, closely monitor their child’s use, safely dispose of any unused pills and talk about the inherent dangers of misuse, abuse and sharing
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