Town Hall Meeting Held to Discuss Preventing Local Drug Deaths

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The push continued to help those battling drug addiction in the Mountain State and right here in the Ohio Valley Tuesday night.   

In 2014, West Virginia once again led the entire nation in the amount of drug overdoses.

On Tuesday the issue of how to combat the “Opioid Addiction Epidemic” took center stage on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.

It was a Town Hall Meeting style meeting, hosted by two psychiatrists, Dr. Jeffrey Richmond and Dr. Ryan Wakim, focusing on why the levels are so high and more importantly what’s being done to stop it.

One brave recovering addict spoke to those in attendance first hand about his experience.

“I don’t have the power to repeat the addiction and yet I can’t go on if I want to live, that’s true powerlessness. What do I do? They said you have to have the willingness to go to any lengths to get recovery and fortunately the good lord blessed me with that. I was willing to do anything,” added recovering addict Dick Coburn.

Fortunately things are slowly getting better, West Virginia is now leading the charge across the nation in terms of prevention.

The West Virginia Legislature also recently approved the use of Naloxone, an anti-overdose drug that can be used by those close to an addict to potentially save their life.

WTRF.com will continue to keep you updated on programs near your neighborhood.

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