Anti-heroin billboard contest for York County students

Greg Gross

Two students will have their anti-heroin message and artwork displayed across the county as part of a contest by the York County Heroin Task Force.

The task force has partnered with Lamar Advertising, Penn Waste and the school district superintendents to offer the contest in the districts, according to a news release from the district attorney's office.

The original, anti-heroin artwork is to include a positive message on why not to use heroin, said Kyle King, spokesman for the district attorney's office.

Two winners will be selected by a panel of local celebrity judges, and their artwork will be placed on billboards throughout the county in the lead-up to proms and graduations. Winners are to be announced later this month.

Heroin-related deaths in the county have been on the rise the past two years. In 2013, there were 17 deaths, but the death toll jumped to 62 in 2014 and rose again last year to 65.

As of last week, there were three confirmed and 10 suspected heroin-related deaths in 2016, according to county Coroner Pam Gay.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.