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Drug Diversion Squad to Help Fight State's Drug Problem

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A new tactical diversion squad through the Drug Enforcement Agency will help north central West Virginia fight the state’s growing drug problem.

WBOY-TV reports that starting next month the diversion squad will assist local law enforcement in catching drug dealers, finding pill mills and identifying false prescriptions.

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican from West Virginia, says that the squad will also coordinate its efforts with local law enforcement and share information to prevent doctors from overprescribing pills.

Capito says Charleston currently uses the diversion squad and has seen several drug convictions as a result.