Logan conference grapples with prescription drug abuse

By Scott Finn

The abuse of prescription drugs has reached epidemic levels in many parts of West Virginia, especially the southern coalfields, according to law enforcement officials. In Logan County, police say prescription drug abuse has become a much bigger problem than illicit drugs like cocaine. The area’s coal mining legacy may have helped spark the problem. Injured miners need powerful painkillers, but those same drugs can be misused, stolen or sold on the streets. 

A recent survey shows that area residents were mostly unaware of the problem. But local officials are trying to change that. Police, health officials, educators and others came together yesterday for a drug summit at Chief Logan State Park.

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