Editorial: Broader drug treatment program would ease crime, jail crowding

As West Virginia begins to get serious about the state’s drug problem, it is encouraging to see some successful new treatment approaches emerging.
Drug addiction takes many forms, but our region seems to be particularly hard hit with opiate-based dependencies. For many, the trail to addiction may have begun with prescribed pain pills or experimentation, but the habit soon demanded black-market oxycodone, morphine or even heroin.
In fact, the number of opiate-addicted individuals in the state has doubled since 2001, according to the West Virginia Bureau of Behavioral Health and Health Facilities Division on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

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