Fayette County Substance Abuse Task Force changes its name to Fayette Prevention Coalition

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – The Fayette County Substance Abuse Task Force formed in May of 2018 and has brought people together from different sectors of the community and from all over the area to tackle substance use disorder.

On Wednesday, in a Zoom meeting, there was a majority vote to change their name to the Fayette Prevention Coalition.

The reason for the change was to get rid of some of the words that create stigma. Carri Strunk, a prevention specialist with New River Health, says it also important to have a name that is “all-encompasssng.”

“Really, if we can prevent substance use disorder, we can prevent a lot of other things, like violence and dropouts, and there are so many things that are related to substance use disorder,” Strunk said

 If you interested in joining, you can check out their Facebook page under the new name. 

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.