Prevention Education Program Launched at “Battle for the Springhouse” B-Ball Breakfast
GameChanger Head Coach Governor Jim Justice and Education and Community Relations Liaison, Meg Bulger, presented the GameChanger “One Pill Can Kill” Program (OPCK) at the “Battle for the Springhouse” basketball breakfast on that was held Friday, February 3rd at the Greenbrier Resort. The GameChanger OPCK Program is targeted to all West Virginia Middle and High Schools students.
Boys teams from Cabell Midland, Shady Spring, Greenbrier East and Parkersburg South were joined by girls teams from Nitro, Wyoming East, the Governor’s own Greenbrier East team and Mingo Central for the launch of the GameChanger Prevention Education Program. The program is being implemented in all public and private West Virginia Middle and High Schools.
Governor Justice spoke to the students about the dangers of purchasing pills on the internet that are laced with deadly fentanyl. He encouraged them to enjoy this special time in their academic and athletic lives and counseled them on the dangers of drug use. He warned that just a single fentanyl pill could have devastating consequences.
The Governor then introduced Bulger, a former standout women’s basketball player at WVU and member of the GameChanger staff. She echoed the Governor’s plea – warning the players about the many young lives lost to fentanyl and the overwhelming grief these tragic deaths have brought to local families and communities.
Following the short talks, the 34 Minute GameChanger Film, “One Pill Can Kill” was shown to the nearly 300 people in attendance.GameChanger Executive Director and Founder Joe Boczek was elated at the response of everyone in the audience and especially the amount of attention shown by the students.“There is no question the film reached the students in a very positive manner. They were zeroed in – not one cell phone was in use nor did one person leave the room during the screening. Fentanyl is killing our youth. That’s why GameChanger is laser-focused on ending this crisis through its In-school Prevention Programs and initiatives like “One Pill Can Kill”, remarked Boczek.