Conversation started to fix drug problem in McDowell County

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WELCH, WV (WVVA) Those who live in McDowell County understand the drug problem in the county. Tonight, McDowell officials and others who help fight this problem, met to start discussing ways to fight this issue. Commissioner Michael Brooks voiced his concern for anyone fighting an addiction.

“We have a tremendous amount of people that are addicted in McDowell County,” said Brooks, “There’s families suffering and we as a county commission are very aware of the issues and problems at hand.”

Also present, are members in the community working to give people the help they need. Shannon Pace with Recovery McDowell says barriers to help the community include transportation and building relationships. But the biggest barrier is making sure this is a community effort, not individuals working alone.

“We need the community to come together and say hey these are our problems, let’s figure out solutions,” said Pace. “We just need more support, more people working together instead of working independently.”

Representatives from Volunteers of America Mid-States opened the floor this evening to hear what needs to be done in the county. They are looking for ways to not repeat things that aren’t working. As of right now, there are no plans for any action to be taken.

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith

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