Throughout the past few years, the opioid crisis has reached an all-time high throughout the United States. West Virginia alone has seen a dramatic rise in opioid addiction and overdose. Furthermore, the state has one of the highest rates of poverty and unemployment in the country. People turn to opioids as a way to escape reality – this has caused West Virginia to have the highest deaths related to opioid overdose in the United States. The state experiences an average of 57.8 deaths per 100,000 residents, which is nearly 3 times higher than the national average of 21.7 deaths per 100,000 residents.

Right now, there is a small group of high school students from Westfield, Fairfax, Chantilly, and Osbourn High Schools who have made it their mission to help stop this crisis that is plaguing their state. Their goal is to raise $8,000 for Naloxone (the medical name for Narcan) and donate them to police stations throughout West Virginia. Narcan can treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation. This opioid antagonist binds to opioid receptors and can quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has stopped as a result of overdosing.

Donate for West Virginia High Schools Narcan Fundraiser