AG's office partners with Ohio, faith groups to tackle substance abuse

By Chris Dickerson | May 9, 2016

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and a host of experts will gather soon to empower local communities and faith-based groups in their fight against substance abuse.

The neighboring attorneys general will lead a conference May 13 entitled, “Taking Back Our Communities: Combating the Opiate Epidemic.” It will take place at Evergreen Bible Church in Williamstown along the border between the states.

“Combating the drug problem in West Virginia requires collaboration from government, faith-based and community leaders, grassroots organizations and the general public,” Morrisey said in a statement. “This event seeks to encourage unity with the common goal of eradicating this scourge on our state.”

Conference speakers include local government, law enforcement, pastors, substance abuse treatment specialists and medical professionals.

Discussion topics will give attendees valuable insight and resources to better understand and assist those affected by drug addiction in their communities.

Evergreen Bible Church Steve Thibault said his congregation is excited to host an event aimed at tackling what he called the pressing issue of today – substance abuse.

“It’s a great opportunity to have faith leaders from all denominations and backgrounds together to approach this common problem that affects all of our parishes and congregations,” Thibault said. “I’m just thrilled that at the same event we’re going to have Attorneys General Morrisey and DeWine representing the government, medical professionals and faith-based leaders.

"I think for the first time to have all three of those backgrounds represents a holistic approach. It’s a great beginning in the relationship between those three entities.”

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, May 13, at Evergreen Bible Church located at 118 W. 9th St., Williamstown.

The event is free and open to the public, however registration is required as lunch will be provided. For information or to register, visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/OpiateCrisis

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