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West Virginia Attorney General's Youth Opioid Awareness PSA Contest Winners

1st Place

Runners Up


Regional Winners

Southwestern W.Va.: The regional winners were Karli Campbell, Kalea Fleming and Brooklyn White of Logan Middle School.

Southeastern W.Va.: The regional winners were Glenn Wilt (Malcomb) of Marlinton Middle School and Clara Brown of Fayetteville Elementary School.

Kanawha Valley & Tri-State: The regional winners were Tavian Oliver and Johnny Hudson of Stonewall Jackson Middle School; Alissa Thaxton and Emma Sutherland of Hurricane Middle School; Brooke Martin and Morgan Casto of George Washington Middle School; and Kierra Slater of Sissonville Middle School.

Mid-Ohio Valley: The regional winners were Courtney Buchanan and Lily Shutler of Hamilton Middle School.

Northern W.Va.: The regional winners were Ashton Adams of Oak Glen Middle School, Shea Engle of Weir Middle School and Naomi Bowling of Doddridge County Middle School.

North Central W.Va.: The regional winners were Gwynn Tocco of Taylor County Middle School, along with Tali Sizemore, Anna Robbins, Carly Kniceley and Willow Colebank of Mountaineer Middle School.

Eastern Panhandle: The regional winners were Victoria Ames of East Hardy Middle School and Nicky Burkhart of St. Joseph School, along with Emi Smith, Brooke Kelly, Alex Pritts, Zach Hill, Hailey Evans, Kyah Lee, John Miller, Lindsay Nelson and Michael Gilman of Romney Middle School.

The Attorney General’s Fight Against Substance Abuse

  • The Office teamed up with the WVSSAC, West Virginia Board of Medicine and the West Virginia Physical Therapy Association, among other groups to tackle opioid use in high school athletics.

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  • Our Office partnered with the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy to launch cutting-edge technology to help prescribers and pharmacists reduce opioid overprescription.  
  • The Attorney General formed a partnership with U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II to prosecute drug trafficking across northern West Virginia. 
  • The Office, in collaboration with groups involved in the pharmaceutical supply chain, developed Best Practices Toolkit – suggested guidelines for prescribing and dispensing opioids - to curb the prescription pill epidemic in West Virginia.
Find out all the ways our office is fighting against substance abuse in West Virginia.

Attorney General’s Best Practices Initiative

The first-of-its-kind initiative in West Virginia, aimed at eradicating prescription drug abuse by better equipping the state’s prescribers and pharmacists, has garnered broad support from stakeholders across the state and nation.
Finalization of the best practices initiative continues the Attorney General’s push to reduce prescription of opioid medication as a first-line therapy option. These drugs, such as Lortab and Vicodin, have characteristics similar to heroin.
The Attorney General’s plan provides recommendations to prescribers and pharmacists who prescribe or dispense opioid prescriptions across West Virginia. It is designed to reduce misuse, while preserving legitimate patient access to necessary treatment.
Read the Attorney General’s best practices for prescribing opioid drugs at  and dispensing opioid drugs at Also, read letters of support from the following groups.


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