The Erie County Opiate Task Force, Community Education and Awareness Committee, is proud to announce the winners of the Hope and Help Campaign.
As our community continues to adjust to a “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of opiate overdoses and deaths. In an effort to let those who are struggling with substance use disorder know that resources are available, the Community Education and Awareness Committee called on young people in our community to get creative and share that hope and help is available. We asked the question: What message do you want someone who is struggling to hear from you? Participants were asked to create a 30 second video PSA focusing on 4 themes: Life Has Changed; Overdoes Have Increased; Help Is Available; and There Is Hope. Congratulations to our winners:
1st Place: Ava Thomas, Debbie Ciura, and Erin Martin, students at Maryvale Middle School, in the 8th Grade Leaders in Training Program.
Honorable Mention: Jenna Clayton, Kathryn Krchniak, and Stefani Papazaharias, students in the UB School of Pharmacy.
Honorable Mention: Keyarah Suber, a student at Maryvale Middle School, in the 7th Grade Leaders in Training Program.
Honorable Mention: Jahzyia Washington, a student at Grabiarz School of Excellence (BPS #79).
To view the winning PSA’s, go to: https://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=hope-and-help-campaign-videos
PSA’s are being featured on YouTube and Facebook for the Erie County Opiate Task Force; and posted by Schools, Agencies and Community Coalitions on their websites as well as other social media platforms.
The campaign was sponsored by the Erie County Opiate Task Force, Lakeshore Middle School, United Financial Services, and the Daniel J. Admaczyk Foundation.