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Game Changer group looks to prevent youth opioid addiction

By Brendan Tierney Published: May. 27, 2021 at 7:25 PM EDT

GREENBRIER COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A new group is using the game of golf and the wisdom of coaches to fight drug addiction by creating a game plan.

Game Changer, a group working to help prevent young people from becoming victims of the opioid epidemic, partnered with the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute and a number of other organizations for the first annual West Virginia Game Changer Golf Classic at the Greenbrier.

The two-day fundraising event included Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and other state and national leaders talking about ideas to support children through the drug crisis.

Organizers said families, friends and schools need to have an open conversation about working together to notice the impact of drugs on children. Their goal is to create systems and structures, known as a “game plan,” to get people through tough situations and prevent them from using the highly addictive opioids.



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