West Virginia AG Continues Faith-Based Program in Drug Fight

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has organized another regional meeting with clergy in a faith-based initiative to involve more churches in dealing with drug abuse.

Morrisey says the second regional session is set for next Tuesday at South Ridge Church in Fairmont. The first meeting was held in Parkersburg in June. Additional meetings are planned in Charleston and Huntington.

West Virginia has the nation’s highest drug overdose death rate.

State health officials say overdose deaths rose nearly 18 percent last year, killing 864 people.

The goal is to provide churches with information about addiction treatment and services, especially in areas where they are lacking, and connect them with police, first responders and treatment groups.