Tag: WV Game Changer

The Effects Of Substance Use On Appearance

In 2019, West Virginia had the highest drug overdose-related death rate in the US, coming in at a staggering 52.8% per 100,000 residents. Outside of Delaware (48%), the closest ranking states to West Virginia were Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, proving that the drug epidemic is happening right in our backyard.  Drug usage results in a number of unhealthy consequences, from dissension within the family to self-disfigurement. Read on to discover how substance abuse can ... Continue Reading »

The Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Chances are you or someone you know has been affected by substance abuse or addiction. In 2018, West Virginia ‘led’ all other states in opioid-related deaths occurring per 100,000 residents with a total of 42.4%, nearly 10% higher than the next leading state.  This doesn’t have to be your fate. We know this topic is a personally sensitive issue to most people. Below we discuss some of the major causes of substance use ... Continue Reading »

2021 Change Their Holiday Campaign

Gov. Jim Justice announced today that, for the second straight year, West Virginia Game Changer will be conducting its “Change Their Holiday” promotion. Once again this year, Jobs & Hope West Virginia is joining the cause to help ensure families recovering from opioid and substance misuse are provided the financial means to enjoy a happy holiday season. “It’s no secret that I believe our kids are the greatest treasure ... Continue Reading »

Sen. Manchin, Nick Saban kick off GameChanger event

by Charles Young SENIOR STAFF WRITER, WV News May 26, 2021 WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Two of West Virginia’s favorite native sons — a U.S. senator and the winningest coach in college football history — came together recently for an event benefiting West Virginia GameChanger. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban held a joint press conference to kick off The Game Changer Golf Classic and Prevention ... Continue Reading »

Change Their Holiday Success

Before the “Change Their Holiday” initiative, many were faced with their children not receiving a visit from Santa Claus or being able to prepare a meal on Christmas Day. Through a cooperative effort with Jobs & Hope West Virginia and the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) along with major corporate sponsors, families throughout the state received an average of $1,200 in gift cards from Walmart, ParMar, Mountaineer Marts, and ... Continue Reading »
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