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Guest column: W.Va.'s substance abuse problem must be reviewed

September 15, 2013
By PATRICK MORRISEY , Weirton Daily Times

Substance abuse is a terrible plague on our state and a growing problem nationally. West Virginia has one of the highest prescription drug overdose rates in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Thousands of babies in our state are born with neonatal abstinence syndrome because their mothers used drugs or alcohol during pregnancy. Methamphetamine labs are on the rise and stretch law enforcement resources to the bone. Substance abuse may be one of the most devastating challenges West Virginia has ever faced.

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