Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Goodwin, Manchin to hold summit on drug epidemic

U.S Sen. Joe Manchin and U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin will hold an open house meeting tonight on solving the growing drug epidemic in West Virginia.
The meeting will be held at the WVU Parkersburg Student Activities Center. The problem is one that both agree desperately needs attention, with overdoses occurring in the Mountain State on a regular basis. Goodwin said that what started out as a pill problem in Southern West Virginia has caused addicts to turn to the needle.
“It started out as a prescription drug problem, and unfortunately it has morphed into a heroin problem in many parts of my district,” Goodwin said.
Manchin thought it was important to figure out why prescription pain medication is so heavily prescribed.
“We have to find out why the doctors are prescribing painkillers like they’re M&M’s,” he said. “You can go (to the dentist) for a toothache and they’ll give you oxycontin. And these opiates are very addictive.”
Goodwin said that one of the best things that people can do is to get rid of any drugs that they don’t absolutely need.
“One of the critical things people can do is get prescription drugs out of their medicine cabinets,” Goodwin said. “If they don’t need them anymore, get them out of the cabinet so they can’t be diverted.”

The summit begins at 5:30 p.m tonight and is open to the public. The Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley is sponsoring the event.