Children in WV County Join Fight Against Drug Abuse

Drug abuse in one southern West Virginia county has become so severe that a faith-based group and schoolchildren are working together to demand solutions.

Del. Daniel Hall says 12 people in Wyoming County have already died this year, and something needs to be done.

Last week, police arrested seven people on charges they sold drugs in Oceana, a town now nicknamed "Oxy-ana." That's a reference to the prescription painkiller OxyContin.

Hall says one business owner deals daily with drug peddlers and users outside her front door, as well as prostitutes.

A group called One Voice is now working with Hall.

The group tries to help addicts and their families. It's coordinating a letter campaign with children who write their senators and congressmen about what they've witnessed.

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