As the drug problem worsens statewide a number of groups, lawmakers, and law enforcement are working together to try to put a stop to it.
A town hall meeting was held on Tuesday in Wheeling for U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld to hear from the public.
It was a packed house inside Independence Hall as law enforcement citizens high school students and even addicts themselves voiced their concerns about this ongoing problem to Senator Joe Manchin.
The town hall meeting was a chance for Manchin and a panel of officials to see the affects that drugs and prescription drug abuse have on our state.
The first to speak up was a young addict from Weirton.
“I was a heroin addict for about two years. I’ll tell you what helped me…Teen Challenge,” the addict says. “It is a faith based rehab program and by the grace of god I can stand on my feet and say so. You want to see change you want to see progress bring people to god.”
A mother who suffers from her daughters addiction also spoke up.
“I ask you make sure you have these programs, because now I worry. She’s doing very well but what about her future?”
After hearing several emotional testimonies, Manchin asked how many people in the room have been affected—nearly the entire room raised their hand.
“It’s threatening our society as we know it it tears families apart it prevents us from having equality workforce that can compete so its something that we cant afford not to win the battle on or wage this war against drugs,” Senator Manchin says.
Manchin and many other lawmakers are working on a number of solutions and bills to bring more facilities, stop the FDA from approving addictive drugs, and stop the supply and demand.