DOBSON — Representatives from the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA) presented awards on April 20 to six local middle school and high school students from Meadowview Magnet Middle School, Mount Airy Middle School, Elkin High School and East Surry High School.
NCAPDA’s North Carolina Area Director Frankie Andrews and Executive Director from California, April Rovero, led the award event held at the Surry County Health Department. The theme for the contest this year was “My Natural High.” Students were required to submit posters that demonstrated what activities or other influences help keep them substance free.
Before accepting their cash prizes and recognition certificates at the award ceremony, contest winners were asked to describe their poster and how it reflects what helps them avoid getting caught up in substance abuse. Students mentioned music, family, cheerleading and sports as their primary influencers.
NCAPDA works to prevent prescription drug abuse among students and adults of all ages and their poster contest is one of the ways they work to increase awareness about prescription drug dangers. Their “My Natural High” poster contest is a way to encourage youth to focus on healthy ways to manage their teen years.
Rovero provided a short educational presentation to the contest winners and their parents about America’s prescription drug abuse epidemic before presenting NCAPDA’s poster contest awards. “One way all of us can help put an end to our national prescription drug abuse epidemic is for us to lock up medications in our homes and properly dispose of those that are expired or no longer needed,” Rovero shared.
Andrews added that medications can be dropped off during normal business hours at local police stations.
Rovero and Andrews thanked Surry County, Elkin City and Mount Airy City Schools and Karen Ebert with Project Lazarus for their support in communicating with students about the contest that resulted in more than 30 poster submissions.
First place contest winners included Idhalys Berrum from Meadowview Magnet Middle School and Mallie Hutchens from Elkin High School. Second place contest winners included Josh Combs from Mount Airy Middle School and Dakota Eads from East Surry High School. Third place contest winners included Jacey Ward from Meadowview Middle School and MacKenzie Bullins from Elkin High School.