Three Dayton Public School PreK-8 students have earned top honors for their design in the Montgomery County “Don’t Get Me Started” poster contest to inspire people to be concerned about drug abuse and the opiate epidemic.
“One person dies every three days in Montgomery County from an accidental overdose,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, executive director, Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health. “These posters give a voice in the community to the issue of prescription drug abuse which is destroying lives.”
First place was awarded to Chelsea Brundon, a 14-year-old 8th grader at Wright Brothers. She said she wants to inspire others with her art. She will receive a $100 gift card. Chelsea has also been selected as the third place winner at the state level, receiving a $250 prize from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities. Her poster themed, “Don’t let it get this bad,” will be displayed along with other statewide winners at the Ohio Opiate Conference in Columbus on April 30.
Second place goes to 13-year-old Kryslyn Clark, who is in the 6th grade at Eastmont. She received a $75 gift card. Her theme was “I’d rather eat bugs than do drugs.”
Udita Manirambona was awarded 3rd place and gets a $50 gift card. The 13-year-old 7th grader at Fairview used “Don’t pull me into drugs” as a theme.
For more information about the damaging effects of prescription drug addiction and opiates, go to www.DontGetMeStartedOhio.org