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New Plan Targets Drug Abuse in North-Central W.Va.

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Prevention and increased access to treatment are components of a new plan targeting drug abuse in north-central West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Thursday that the plan was developed by a working group of community leaders in the region. It’s similar to an existing plan in the Northern Panhandle.

The plan also includes implementation of a pilot program to increase the availability of opioid antagonists to law enforcement officers in the region. The medications can save people who have overdosed on heroin, prescription drugs or other opioids.

Other components include drug-free activities for youth, a syringe exchange program and educating the community about available recovery resources in the region.