Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is appointing a task force to deal with drug abuse in West Virginia.
Tomblin said in a letter to Sen. Richard Browning that he wants to structure the task force to ensure it doesn't duplicate or delay existing anti-drug efforts.
The decision follows Browning's request last month for such a group in light of growing statewide drug abuse. State officials last week also held a special meeting to discuss the issue.
The Wyoming County Democrat told The Register-Herald that he was pleased by Tomblin's decision and hopes that the panel's work can save lives.
Some legislators had opposed the group's creation. Sen. Evan Jenkins, D-Cabell, said that the West Virginia Controlled Substances Advisory Board is more than able to deal with the drug crisis.
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