President Obama is setting out to speak on the drug epidemic that has ravaged West Virginia. The state’s capital, Charleston, is preparing for the presidential visit this Wednesday October 21st as Obama will join educators, medical professionals, and law enforcement officials to in addressing the heroin and other substance abuse issues that have become a of major concern for the Mountain State.
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the nation and for a state that has the highest drug-induced death rate out of all fifty states, Obama’s address is long overdue. At nearly 34 deaths per 100,000 people – more than twice the national average – 90 percent of these deaths since 2011 have been caused by heroin and prescription pain pills. There are many who say this visit is a huge deal for the state of West Virginia and it will help bring much needed attention to a drug problem that has gone too far. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he’s more than ready to welcome the President to West Virginia, to talk about a topic that is “near and dear to his heart.” Many East End residents are excited for what this meeting could mean for the drug epidemic and hopeful that it might create some change in the drug-ridden state. “It’s good to be number one in the country for many things, but this is not one of them,” East End resident, Ron Keeling told WOWKTV earlier today.
“While we’ve worked hard to make changes in our communities, I know there is still work to be done. I look forward to next week’s discussions and hope they provide a way forward for us to work together to not only eliminate substance abuse in West Virginia but in so many communities across the country.” – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
In addition to the visit, Gov. Tomblin has also been working on a project that could really help people on their way to long-term recovery. “Last month, we launched the state’s first 24-hour call line to provide those struggling with an avenue to speak with certified professionals to receive referral support and information on treatment and recovery services in their local communities. We want to help people get on the road to recovery and back to their families, communities, and workplaces.”
Obama Will Comment on Drug Epidemic
While West Virginia is making strides with the prescription drug epidemic, there is still much to do and many are interested to know what Obama has to say and what he will propose. It was announced this morning that the visit will take place at the Roosevelt Neighborhood Center on the city’s East End.
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