Philippi leaders come together to fight local drug addiction

PHILIPPI, W.Va. — Community leaders gathered to discuss substance abuse prevention in Philippi on Thursday during a lunch and learning about community roles in prevention hosted by New Vision.

Guest Speaker Retired Major General Barrye Price, President and CEO of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, or CADCA, spoke with community leaders about creating a local anti-drug coalition. After a lunch catered by Panera, the group discussed their local issues. In the evening there were community games and a ribbon cutting for the new epicenter.

If Philippi successfully starts a coalition, some members will be trained by CADCA to address drug issues in their community.

“We build these coalitions to create healthy, safe and drug-free communities. To sort of identify the problem and come up with some solutions that the community could adopt that could bring the curve back to positive within that local community,” said retired Major General Price.

If Philip is hosting and recording meetings for 6 months with the goal of preventing drug addiction in his community, he can apply to become a “drug-free community” through the Center for Disease Control. The application process is difficult, but if accepted, they would receive federal funding to support drug prevention programs in their community.

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