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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said his office will work to fight the state's drug problem by looking at the supply and demand sides of the problem, his office recently announced.

To look at this problem, Morrisey said the office has hired investigators and former prosecutors to take a look at the prevalence of methamphetamine, prescription drugs and other substances.

Morrisey said the office also will use consumer outreach specialists to work with other entities to educate residents about drug abuse.

According to his office's news release, Morrisey has talked with prosecutors, county officials, drug wholesalers, other state attorneys general along with physicians and pharmacies in order to find possible solutions.

Morrisey said his office also has worked to identify steps to educate residents, assist law enforcement and create new initiatives.

"The state's battle with drug abuse is one of the attorney general's office's most important consumer protection initiatives," Morrisey said. "That is why, for the first time ever, our office has created an internal task force to address this critical issue."

Morrisey encourages people to send ideas to communications@wvago.gov or share them on Facebook or Twitter.