U.S. Sen talks drug prevention with students

U.S. Sen. talks drug prevention with students
Posted on 08/29/2018
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Wildwood Middle School Principal Pat Brockway talk with Jefferson County School students who are members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle’s SADD ChapterSHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D, W.Va.) visited Wildwood Middle School in Jefferson County Wednesday where he met with students participating in the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter. A total of about a dozen students from Jefferson High School, Washington High School, and Wildwood Middle School attended. They visited with the Senator and had a chance to ask him a number of thought provoking questions about how he planned to help prevent young people from becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol. 
Washington High School sophomore Madison Rumer is Vice President of the SADD Chapter. She wants to see more done about issues like vaping and juuling, a method of nicotine consumption where the user inhales a “vapor” with an e-cigarette or other electronic device. She said she wants to see more efforts made to educate young people about the dangers associated with those activities.
“It’s made to wean people off of nicotine and cigarettes, but kids are using them many times per day and they end up getting addicted to nicotine,” Rumer said.
SADD President, Jefferson High School Sophomore Madison Higgs, wants to see the federal government invest more in prevention. West Virginia leads the nation in the rate of drug overdose deaths according to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics. She said that the addiction epidemic is hitting very close to home.
“There are so many things you don’t think are happening, then you take a step back and realize it actually is going on, and we need to fix it,” she said.
Manchin said meeting with the students was a tremendous opportunity for him, and commended them on their leadership and courage.
“You know it’s not going to be the most popular thing in the world for a high school student to be involved in a responsible organization. That show a lot of character,” he said.
Sen. Manchin told students that preventing addiction is the best place for the government to invest because treating the illness is so expensive. He said identifying money for prevention programs like SADD was a priority for him.
SADD, formerly known as Students Against Drunk Driving, seeks to deal with issues like underage drinking and other drug use, risky and impaired driving, discrimination, bullying, and other destructive decisions. 

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