Wood County schools to host drug education presentations

PARKERSBURG — A drug education and awareness program from the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety will be held Wednesday at two schools in Wood County.

The program will start at 8:15 a.m. at Parkersburg South High School and at 10 a.m. at Kanawha Elementary School.

The program was started by the department with the governor’s office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s 360 Strategy for drug prevention and strategy.

Participants on Wednesday include: Jack Luikart, state Drug Control Policy director and a retired narcotics officer; and Bill Marshall, assistant commissioner of the Bureau of Juvenile Services and a retired trooper and youth leader in Wood County. A community outreach specialist from DEA is also expected to participate.

Luikart has participated in numerous presentations at schools around the state.

“After we do a presentation, there is always three, five, seven kids who walk up and tell us their story about how they are being raised by their grandmother because parents are fighting addiction,” Luikart said. “If we get through to one and when they’re faced with that decision, they decide to not use it, then it’s worth it.”

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