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Students can win cash through poster contest highlighting dangers of heroin and opioids

Posted at 11:39 AM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 11:40:57-05

CLEVELAND — The FBI and DEA are teaming up with several other organizations to send a message about the heroin and opioid epidemic through art.

Northeast Ohio students can win cash for creating a poster highlighting the dangers of heroin and opioid addiction.

“Heroin use and the misuse of prescription opioids continue to increase. This poster contest, along with the documentary entitled, Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” are two ways to assist in bringing awareness to this epidemic,” according to the FBI.

Students in grades 7th _12th can submit a poster that focuses on the consequences of using heroin and/or the misuse of prescription opioids.

“That’s a very typical age group that starts to experiment with drugs,” said FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson.

The FBI is hoping the poster contest will start conversations at home and school about the dangers of drug abuse along with being a fun activity for the students.

Prizes will be provided to four winners in each of the three grade categories. Posters are to be 18” x 24” and will be judged on originality of presentation, effectiveness and relevance, and content. Individuals should refrain from using any obscene material or language, nudity, profanity or gratuitous violence, endorsement of illegal drug use, alcohol abuse, prescription drug abuse or other illegal activity or derogatory characterization of any person or group. www.FBI.gov/ChasingTheDragon

Students may create and submit a poster to the FBI, Attention: Community Outreach Specialist, 1501 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44114 via mail or drop off. All posters must be received by 5:00pm on April 30, 2019. Any questions may be directed to FBI Community Outreach Specialist Tamara Larkin at tmlarkin@ic.fbi.gov.