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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recently announced that the 2018-19 “Kids Kick Opioids” public-service-announcement contest is open for submissions as the initiative enters its third school year.

The contest engages elementary and middle-school students to design an announcement that raises awareness about prescription-painkiller abuse.

Potential submissions may be a poem, drawing, letter or anything to promote awareness.

“The opioid epidemic resonates in classrooms across West Virginia,” Morrisey said in a news release. “‘Kids Kick Opioids’ has underscored that reality in a manner that few other initiatives accomplish by, in some cases, giving students an outlet to express their concerns, while using the creativity and talent of all participants to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic with the goal of providing a better future for their generation.”

Students may work individually or in groups. The top submission will appear as a statewide newspaper public-service announcement, and regional winners will be displayed at the Capitol.

The contest has drawn thousands of submissions from more than 4,000 West Virginia students. Students from 118 schools across 43 of the state’s 55 counties have participated.

More than 1,000 West Virginians lost their lives in 2017 to drug overdoses, many of which were opioid-related.

Reversing the trend has been a top priority for Morrisey. He has fought the epidemic on multiple fronts with criminal prosecutions, funding to combat opioid abuse, civil litigation, multistate initiatives, new technology, engagement with the faith-based community and education.

Contest entries must be postmarked by April 5 and sent to Attorney General’s Office, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., State Capitol Building 1, Room 26-E, Charleston, WV 25305; or sent by email to agpsa.contest@wva go.gov.