MT. GAY, W.Va. — The Logan County Prevention (LCPC) Coalition will host a town hall at 7 p.m. at the Word of Life Church October 11.
The group hopes to address the area’s drug epidemic by providing a platform for awareness and prevention efforts.
The LCPC receives state funding for substance abuse prevention, and during an interview with the Logan Banner, the group’s coordinator, Lisa Miller, explained the LCPC focuses mainly on reaching the area’s youth before drug problems can take root.
Miller explained, “We work largely with the youth…in the high schools and on down to the middle schools and reaching down even further. We do evidence-based programming in the schools. One of the big things we are doing now is trying to promote the development of side chapters or some type of groups in schools were peers promote staying drug, alcohol and tobacco free.”
Tim White, who sits on Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s Drug Prevention Task Force, will speak at the event along with groups representing law enforcement, drug prevention and treatment.
“We would love for people to come out to the town hall and see all the various groups that are out there. Everyone in Logan is affected by the drug problem in some way — whether its a loved one, a family member or themselves. We are all affected by it,” added Miller.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6959 ext. 1729 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.