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"9000 to None" Initiative Aims to Help Youth

New Initiative Aimed at Curbing Teen Substance Abuse

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - Non-profit leaders in Charleston have joined forces to stop generational drug use.

Since 2001, 9000 West Virginians have died from drug overdoses. The new initiative "9000 to None" was designed to provide kids with positive role models and organized activities.

"Today we start the countdown to none," said program founder Sara McDowell.  

The program emphasizes collaboration rather than reactive intervention. Leaders from Big Brother Big Sister, the YMCA, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts are leading the effort.

"You might want to go to a ball game or a concert but that stuff costs money. We are trying to come up with a low cost, no cost solution," said YMCA CEO Monty Warner. 

Warner added, "We need to use the organizations we have as a conduit to get caring loving adults with the kids who need those people in their lives."

For more information on how to get involved click here.


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