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A Focus on Education for All Ages
The aim of WV DII is to reduce drug deaths in West Virginia through charitable, educational and service activities. Specifically, its mission is to reduce deaths in West Virginia from opioid and drug abuse by being (a) an independent advocate for life-enhancing drug policies and practices, (b) a hub for coordinating drug response activities, and (c) an educational center to address the prevalence of drug abuse and the stigma of drug addiction.
To fulfill its mission, WV DII is carrying out activities under five objectives – research, education, collaboration, advocacy, and prevention.
We educate over 4,000 youth and 40,000 households each year about the importance of medication safety through our Don’t Keep Rx Around™ Medication Safety and Generation Rx Programs delivered in partnership with the University of Charleston and Murphy Media, Inc. These programs are interactive and school-based but are also available to parents, foster parents, grandparents, and educators online. Our public service announcements are available to all primary and secondary schools, college campuses, and health facilities in West Virginia. Through our partnership with Murphy Media, Inc. our PSA for college students received one of West Virginia’s (only) two Gold Telly Awards in 2020.
In addition, we provide these educational opportunities and resources to all age groups.