February is Heart Health Month—Let’s Talk About Your Heart on Opioids
As February marks “Heart Health Month,” you’ll see plenty of tips for eating well, exercising regularly, and living in ways that keep your heart healthy and strong. But according to the American Heart Association, there’s another factor at play that hinders your heart health— opioid use.
How exactly do opioids impact the heart? Let’s take a closer look.
Opioids can throw off your heart’... Continue Reading »
Chance’s Story of Hope
From the outside looking in, 24-year-old Chance Ward is living the life of successful, young adult. But what many don’t know is the road it took to get there was filled with obstacles, loss, and growth along the way.
“Addiction completely took over my life,” says Chance. “But today I strive to be a better person than yesterday, and I constantly remind myself to never look back. One step ... Continue Reading »
GAMECHANGER OFFERS ADDITIONAL PREVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAM TO WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOLS
For Immediate Release
Monday, December 6, 2022
CONTACT: Joe Boczek, firstname.lastname@example.org (304) 288-5924
Bill Hogan, email@example.com (304) 546-2583
DEA Endorsed Program Available Immediately to Parents and Students
Fairmont, WV—In a continuing effort to combat the growing Opioid and Substance Misuse problem and the Fentanyl crisis throu Continue Reading »
Preventing Teen Substance Abuse Through the Holidays
The holiday season is supposed to be joyful, butstudies reveal that the holiday season is a risk factor for teen and adolescent substance misuse, with relapses occurring frequently as the year comes to an end (1).
There are several reasons contributing to the use of drugs and alcohol over the holiday season according to nationally certified School Psychologist and Gamechanger’s Director of Prevention, Kim Legg.
“One of the reasons first ... Continue Reading »
Holiday Blues? 5 Ways to Keep Spirits Up This Holiday Season
While holidays are marked by joy and celebration, nearly 90 percent of Americans admit to feeling higher stress and lower mood during the season (1).
And as it turns out, youths and teens are not immune to the same feelings of loneliness, and sadness as the year comes to an end. According to nationally certified School Psychologist, Kim Legg, the same stressors that impact adults’ moods during the holiday season can affect ... Continue Reading »
The Dangers of Fentanyl: An EMT’S Perspective
Despite its well-established grip in Appalachia, the West Virginia opioid epidemic hasn’t always looked the same. The crisis has changed, ebbed, and flowed to reveal new challenges along the way.
It’s a familiar pattern, according to 29-year-old Paramedic, Nathan Weese, who describes opioid-related emergencies as arriving in “waves”. Public health experts echo his theory, crediting the epidemic’s first wave to over-prescribed opioids in the mid-1990s, followed ... Continue Reading »
What is “stigma”—and how it impacts addiction.
There are many obstacles when it comes to facing substance misuse.
Navigating withdrawal, repairing friendships and coming to terms with the aftermath of addiction.
These are examples of the hard parts we can see. Did you know there’s another challenge that goes unseen, but is felt by nearly every person battling addiction?
It’s called stigma. And it’s rooted in the myth that addiction is not a disease, ... Continue Reading »
Suspect Your Friend Is Using Drugs? Here’s What (and What Not) To Do
We’ve covered what to do if you find out your friend is using drugs. But what do you do if you suspect drug use without being 100% sure?
Perhaps you’ve seen pills in their backpack, heard rumors, or have noticed your friend acting differently. Whatever the reason, it’s a tricky spot to be in. Some signs of addiction overlap with symptoms of depression, medication side effects, or other ... Continue Reading »
Urban vs. Rural Youth Substance Abuse—What’s the Difference?
When you think of the epicenter of a drug trade, skyscrapers, traffic, and bustling cities may come to mind.
But research shows drug use may be just as high—or even higher—in less populated towns across America. In fact, among the many factors that increase likelihood of substance abuse, living in a rural area is one of them.
Are there differences in urban and rural drug use, and what ... Continue Reading »
Gov. Justice visits GameChanger Prevention Education Program pilot school to check-in on progress
MARTINSBURG, WV– Gov. Jim Justice visited Spring Mills Middle School in Martinsburg today to check-in with sixth grade students on the progress of the GameChanger Prevention Education Program.
Spring Mills Middle School is one of 12 pilot schools for the 2022-2023 school year to participate in the GameChanger Prevention Education Program. Gov. Justice serves as head coach of the program.
“It is truly amazing just how impactful the GameChanger curriculum has ... Continue Reading »