"Every day in the United States, over 2,000 kids use a prescription pill to get high for the very first time," said US Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.
"No administrator can say that his or her school is drug free. We constantly battle it. The school is a microcosm of today's society," said Robert C. Byrd High School Assistant Principal Steve Gibson.
That's why the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force joined with school administrators to start Project Future.
"Our goal is for every child in Harrison County and throughout North Central West Virginia to live a life free from drugs and we know that's attainable because drug abuse is a preventative behavior and addiction is a treatable disease," said Ihlenfeld.
They plan to attain that goal by reaching out to students and their parents through enforcement, disposal of drugs and education. The enforcement is what the task force has been doing, disposal is the drug take back days and education is introducing students and parents to men and women who have experienced drug addiction first hand.
Project Future started immediately after the announcement Thursday by introducing Wayne Campbell of Tyler's Light. Wayne lost his oldest son in 2011 to an accidental overdose.
"The addiction started with prescription medication while playing college sports and then when the addiction set in, then he started getting them off the streets and then rehabs led you to other people in rehab that taught him heroin, that it's cheaper and faster," said Campbell.
The hope is that stories like this will prevent students from becoming some of the thousands who try drugs daily.