Last updated: May 07. 2014 4:51PM - 1282 Views
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By Rachel Dove


GILBERT - Prescription drug abuse continues to be one of the most prevalent issues in Appalachia, affecting every facet of life in the community.

Currently, West Virginia leads the nation in overdose deaths per capita, making it the No. 1 cause of accidental death, even more than traffic crashes. The southern coalfield counties of McDowell, Wyoming, Logan, Boone, and Mingo continue to top the list of overdose deaths involving prescription drugs.

The Strong Through Our PlanCoalition plans to hold two town hall meetings in the near future to discuss the prescription drug abuse epidemic as well as the new drug, Zohydro ER, an extended-release pill that is pure hydrocodone and is predicted to create severe problems for abusers.

The meetings will be held Monday at Gilbert Middle School and on Wednesday at Williamson PK-8. Both meetings are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and are being hosted by the Youth Education Program.

The meetings are funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the state Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau for Behavior Health and Health Facilities.

For more information, visit www.drugfreemingo.org, email Joshua Murphy at stop.joshmurphy@gmail.com or call 304-664-3986.

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