CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the beginning of the office's fifth annual Kids Kick Opioids contest on Monday.
The contest partners with elementary and middle schools in the Mountainstate to raise awareness of opioid abuse.
“Each year, our Kids Kick Opioids contest showcases the boundless talent and creativity of our elementary and middle school students,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Their entries, some with an especially poignant view of opioid abuse, have been a driving force in raising awareness about the dangers opioid painkillers present.”
The contest provides the opportunity for students to learn more about prescription painkiller abuse.
Kids Kick Opioids has also given children a way to express how their lives have been impacted by the opioid crisis.
Potential submissions may include drawings, poems or letters to increase awareness, and students are able to work individually or in groups.
The Attorney General has made reversing the trend of the opioid epidemic one of his top priorities in office.
Morrisey has worked to combat the opioid crisis with civil litigation, multistate initiatives, funding to target opioid abuse, criminal prosecutions, new technology, engagement with the faith-based community and education.
Contest entries must be postmarked by April 16 by mail to the Attorney General’s Office at 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., State Capitol Building 1, Room 26-E, Charleston, WV 25305, or sent by email to AGPSA.firstname.lastname@example.org.