Thursday, October 15, 2015

Obama to visit West Virginia to discuss substance abuse

(AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will visit West Virginia to discuss prescription drug abuse and the heroin epidemic.

Obama will host a community discussion on the issue in Charleston on Wednesday.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's spokesman, Chris Stadelman, says Tomblin is pleased that Obama is coming to West Virginia to talk about an issue that's been a focus of the governor's administration.

A recent report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says West Virginia has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the U.S.

The White House says Obama hopes to discuss efforts by local, state and federal authorities to address the problem, along with initiatives in the private sector.