W.Va. Attorney General talks drug abuse amid new overdose report

Published: Jan. 23, 2017 at 2:52 PM EST
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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has taken on several efforts to fight drug abuse, including

in West Virginia. As he enters his second term as Attorney General, Morrisey continues to work to reduce the abuse in the state.

A new report from the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy says there was a massive jump in overdoses from the prescription drug gabapentin in recent years. There were three overdoses in 2010 and 109 in 2015, with the numbers still being counted for 2016.

Morrisey says they have been working to reduce hydrocodone and oxycodone abuse but must focus on supply, demand and education.

"A lot of times, what we found is that when we reap success in one area, the vacuum goes to a product that may not have been on someone's radar screen before or it leads to heroin," said Morrisey. "This is why I'm really insistent to take on this issue, you have to do it holistically."

In his second term as attorney general, Morrisey is also fighting eleven asphalt and paving companies, alleging the companies violated the state's anti-trust act.

The Attorney General's office is also warning about what is called a

, where a scammer calls pretending to be a grandchild in need, usually wanting money.

How to avoid becoming a "grandparent scam" victim:

Stay calm and don't react out of immediacy

Get a call back number

Call the grandchild's known number or other family members to see if there is really an emergency

Never give bank routing numbers or credit card numbers to anyone via phone, regardless of who the requestor says they are.

Do not wire money until a third party verifies the alleged child really is in trouble. Check local jails and hospitals.