West Virginia

Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US WV: This Drug Dealer's Heroin Was So Powerful That It Led To 26

    Washington Post, 12 Jan 2017 - The man responsible for more than two dozen heroin overdoses -- which all occurred in one day in a state deemed the ground zero for the opioid epidemic -- faces up to 20 years in federal prison. Bruce Lamar Griggs, 22, pleaded guilty on Monday to distribution of heroin, about six months after 26 people overdosed in Huntington, a city in the southwest corner of West Virginia. The 911 calls came within hours of one another, the majority of which concerned overdoses in and around one apartment complex.
  2. US WV: PUB LTE: US Should Focus On Fighting ISIS

    The Herald-Dispatch, 13 Dec 2015 - Our government doesn't care enough about protecting Americans from terrorism. If government officials cared, they would end the drug war and focus instead on ISIS. Imagine our country without a drug war. I see a country with $40 billion extra per year to fight terror. I see a country that focuses all its current drug war might, which is used to arrest hundreds of thousands of Americans every year, with literally no reduction in drugs, on breaking up ISIS. I don't mean that we keep bombing them only. When we bomb, we may kill terrorists, but we also kill civilians, and those civilians have family and friends who join the terrorists in vengeance against us. I do not want us to back down at all. I want us to dedicate a massive amount of resources toward creating more professionals like Ali Soufan. He was an FBI agent who spoke fluent Arabic and he was able to flip many Al Qaeda terrorists to work for our side to break up terror networks.
  3. US WV: Hasan: Cash Dealings Must Be Removed From Opiate Drug

    The Register-Herald, 06 Dec 2015 - In light of local pain clinic doctors facing drug charges, one local addiction treatment specialist and psychiatrist believes removing cash dealings from the system is key to eliminating the drug epidemic. Dr. M. Khalid Hasan said greed on the part of physicians, pharmacists and patients - manifested in cash dealings - is at the root of the prescription opiate scourge.
  4. US WV: WV Health Officials Look To Needle Exchange For Help

    The State Journal, 11 Jul 2015 - There are nearly 2,000 people in the Mountain State living with HIV/AIDS. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources showed, back in April, the state has the highest rates of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C cases in the country.
  5. US WV: West Virginia Is Saddled With Highest Overdose Rate

    Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 19 Jun 2015 - CHARLESTON, W.VA. (AP) - West Virginia has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the U.S., according to a report released Wednesday, further spotlighting Appalachia's festering drug abuse problem, which is also fueling a rise in hepatitis C in one of the nation's poorest regions. There were about 34 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 West Virginia residents in 2011-13, up dramatically from 22 deaths per 100,000 people in 200709, according to the report released Wednesday by the nonprofit groups Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  6. US WV: AIDS Task Force of the Ohio Valley Care Coordinator

    The Intelligencer, 29 Mar 2015 - WHEELING - An HIV epidemic in southeastern Indiana is forcing the governor of that state to introduce a needle exchange program, something one local advocate believes could help decrease rates of the disease everywhere. The hike in HIV cases in Indiana is being linked to intravenous drug users sharing needles. Locally, residents across the Ohio Valley are battling heroin addiction, and their neighbors are often left cleaning up the mess - including picking up used needles left behind on playgrounds, in parks and on roadways.
  7. US WV: 'These Are Preventable': Group Backs Bills to Lower

    Charleston Gazette, 25 Dec 2014 - A national organization that has raised $8 million over two years to fight substance abuse is urging West Virginia legislators to pass two laws designed to reduce drug overdose deaths. Shatterproof, a nonprofit headquartered in Connecticut, supports a "Good Samaritan" law that would give immunity to people who call 911 to report a drug overdose. Another measure would expand the availability of a life-saving medicine called naloxone, which reverses the effects or heroin and prescription painkillers.
  8. US WV: Editorial: More Support To Legalize Pot

    Charleston Gazette, 02 Aug 2014 - Most Americans realize that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco - yet booze and cigarettes are lucrative legal products, while pot-puffers face jail. This contradiction makes no sense. The New York Times, America's flagship newspaper, finally has launched an all-out crusade for legalization of marijuana. It declared:
  9. US WV: War on Weed: Vastly Unequal Enforcement

    Chicago Tribune, 06 Jul 2014 - Many Areas Make Peace With Pot, but Some Cops Ramping Up Arrests WEIRTON, W.Va. - Taped to the wall of pride inside the Hancock County drug task force's bare-bones office, a snapshot of eight marijuana plants draped over coat hangers serves as evidence of one more small triumph in the war on weed.