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New Drug Task Force to Take Aim at Opioid Trafficking


A new drug task force in Clarksburg is taking aim at opioid trafficking in West Virginia.

The State Journal reports that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced the formation of the Tactical Diversion Squad on Monday.

The task force will combine resources with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to “investigate, disrupt and dismantle” drug trafficking in the state. DEA officials say one of their goals is to educate the public on the dangers of opioid abuse.

Officials called opioid addiction the most significant threat to public safety in West Virginia.