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ON SEPTEMBER 17 AND 18, 2019, THE WVSSAC-MVB BANK OPIOID AWARENESS SUMMIT PRESENTED BY WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY AND MARSHALL UNIVERSITY COMES TO THE WVU COLISEUM IN MORGANTOWN AND THE CAM HENDERSON CENTER IN HUNTINGTON.

This collaborative two-day event will be held in conjunction with Governor Jim Justice; Dr. Steven Paine, State Superintendent of Schools; Bernie Dolan, Executive Director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC); along with the cooperation and support of Dr. E. Gordon Gee, West Virginia University President; Shane Lyons, WVU Director of Athletics; Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert, Marshall University President; Mike Hamrick, Marshall Director of Athletics; Larry F. Mazza, CEO and President, MVB Financial Corp.; and Donald T. Robinson, Chief Financial Officer, MVB. It promises to bring not only local, state and regional awareness to the Opioid Crisis, but national attention as well.

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THIS FALL

ON SEPTEMBER 17 AND 18, 2019, THE WVSSAC-MVB BANK OPIOID AWARENESS SUMMIT PRESENTED BY WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY AND MARSHALL UNIVERSITY COMES TO THE WVU COLISEUM IN MORGANTOWN AND THE CAM HENDERSON CENTER IN HUNTINGTON.

This collaborative two-day event will be held in conjunction with Governor Jim Justice; Dr. Steven Paine, State Superintendent of Schools; Bernie Dolan, Executive Director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC); along with the cooperation and support of Dr. E. Gordon Gee, West Virginia University President; Shayne Lyons, WVU Director of Athletics; Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert, Marshall University President; Mike Hamrick, Marshall Director of Athletics; Larry F. Mazza, CEO and President, MVB Financial Corp.; and Donald T. Robinson, Chief Financial Officer, MVB. It promises to bring not only local, state and regional awareness to the Opioid Crisis, but national attention as well.

THE EVENTS


A HISTORIC EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN WEST VIRGINIA – AN EVENT WITH THE POTENTIAL TO BE A GAME CHANGER IN THE STATE’S BATTLE AGAINST OPIOID ADDICTION.

The battle against opioids involves the most vulnerable – the more than 150,000 teenage students in West Virginia’s public and private middle schools and high schools. To target opioid awareness among this group, a multifaceted plan is being developed and will be kicked off with a pair of two-hour Opioid Awareness Summits at WVU and Marshall. Superintendents in the state’s 55 counties, as well as principals and educators statewide, have endorsed this aggressive approach to the opioid epidemic in West Virginia. The Summit will be livestreamed to every middle school in the state, both public and private.

Include presentations from national and international experts on opioid awareness, prevention and treatment. There will be video messages and a question-and-answer session. At the events, counselors will be provided by the West Virginia Department of Education to ensure the mental safety and well being of each student in attendance.

West Virginia’s leaders and its people are resilient and determined to attack the opioid crisis head on to defeat it with the same spirit for which the state has earned its reputation. Through this event, West Virginia is sending a message nationwide that we will not stand idly by while our children, teens and families suffer death and destruction as a result of opioid addiction.

THE FACTS


1

Over 150,000 middle school and high school students from all of West Virginia’s 55 counties will attend the Opioid Awareness Summit or watch it live over two days.
Counting students, parents and educators in the state’s 55 counties, more than a quarter of a million people will be exposed to the Opioid Awareness Summit.

2

Prevention through a series of programs and initiatives is the key to facing the opioid crisis head on and defeating it.
Failure is not an option.
West Virginia is being destroyed by one of the worst epidemics in American history.

3

The number of overdose deaths peaked at 733 deaths in 2016, with the majority of deaths attributed to synthetic opioids and heroin.
Overcoming the stigma of addiction is paramount to encouraging treatment among opioid users.
The Opioid Awareness Summit will bring local, state, regional and national exposure to fight against the opioid epidemic.

4

Conversely, the economic cost of the opioid epidemic nationwide was more than $500 billion.
Decisive action and new ideas are needed to combat this deadly epidemic that is tearing the state’s communities and families apart.
Early intervention, treatment options, supporting families with substance use disorder and providing options for life after treatment are the main components to fighting this deadly crisis.

The economic cost of the opioid epidemic in West Virginia has been more than $8.7 billion.

West Virginia has had the highest rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in the United States – a rate of 43.4 deaths per 100,000 – and up from a low of 1.8 deaths per 100,000 in 1999.

THE SPEAKERS


Chris Herren

Chris Herren is a former NBA basketball player and recovering opioid addict, who is now a nationally known motivational speaker dealing with the opioid epidemic. He was also the subject of an ESPN 30 on 30 Documentary titled “Unguarded,” which dealt with his playing career and the subsequent opioid addiction that ended it.

Rhonda Sciortino

Rhonda Sciortino overcame abandonment, abuse, poverty, filth, hunger and ultimately homelessness growing up in an addictive household to build a life of affluence, order, fulfillment and meaningful relationships. Her desire is to help others mine the lessons from their pain and apply those lessons to create their own successes.

THE FOCUS


The main focus of the Opioid Awareness Summit is prevention education with a primary focus to provide universal education to all students to empower them with knowledge to make healthy choices and have lifelong wellness.

As a result, prevention education will impart knowledge and a grow a peer-to-peer support system enabling the state’s teens to be Game Changers for the future of West Virginia at a developmentally appropriate age level for middle and high school students. As the education process continues, students, along with parents, educators, the business community and the residents of our state, will join in force to Change the Game and become a Game Changer with an overall theme of…

WEST VIRGINIA TEENS ARE CHANGING THE GAME.
I’M A GAME CHANGER.

SUMMIT GOAL


To provide universal education to all of West Virginia’s middle school and high school students, empowering them with knowledge to make healthy choices with the goal of lifelong wellness while shining a positive light on the state of West Virginia, its top two institutions of higher education, its people and the corporations of the state that have pledged the necessary resources both financially and educationally to defeat this deadly epidemic.

PREVENTION EDUCATION


Even if you are not familiar with the term “Primary Prevention,” there is a good chance you participate in it every single day. Brushing your teeth to prevent cavities is an example of primary prevention, as is exercising to prevent weight gain and poor health.

Primary prevention refers to the action people take that helps them avoid developing certain health problems. These problems can include disease, sickness, injuries or conditions that are not beneficial to the body. These actions are the first type of preventive behaviors that are conducted before the problems occur. They not only save people from experiencing illnesses but help them to save time and money in healthcare. Prevention education is the main ingredient to beating the opioid epidemic.

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