DARIEN — A heroin epidemic is sweeping the country and Connecticut is no exception with two people dying from an opioid overdose each day. That’s why the Darien Health Department is asking for local students’ help to get the word out about opioid abuse by participating in the Opioid Prevention Committee’s slogan contest.

The contest is open to middle and high school students in lower Fairfield county from Darien, New Canaan, Stamford and Greenwich. Students are encouraged to submit a 30 character slogan that is attention-grabbing and warns readers about the dangers of drug use.

Contest entries must be submitted to norxabuse.com by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2017. The winner of the contest will get $250 in prizes. Two honorable mention winners will get $100 in prizes. All participants will be acknowledge on the contest website.

The winning slogan will be announced and a public award granted as a component of the Health Needs Assessment presentation by the Darien Health Department at the Darien Library on January 19, 2017. The award will constitute the official launch of the campaign and the slogan will be the official "tagline" in the upcoming campaign and marketing materials to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

ekayata@hearstmediact.com; @erin_kayata

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To enter, visit www.norxabuse.com.