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Rahall Convenes Meeting on W.Va. Drug Problems


  U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall says he has arranged a roundtable discussion with federal and West Virginia officials on the state's prescription drug abuse and trafficking problems.

The event is being held Tuesday in Atlanta in conjunction with a national drug abuse summit.

Rahall is co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse. He has called for a review of the federal response to the prescription drug abuse problem in West Virginia.

Michael Motticelli, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, is one of the federal officials attending the roundtable. West Virginia State Police Capt. Tim Bledsoe and Huntington Police Capt. Hank Dial are among the state participants. Community organizations and economic development agencies also will be represented.

A native of Washington, West Virginia, Dave Mistich joined West Virginia Public Broadcasting in October of 2012, as the Charleston Reporter. After bouncing around a variety of newsroom roles at WVPB, he now focuses on state-level politics and government, as well as breaking news. Dave plays on the world's best-worst softball team, Chico's Bail Bonds. He can be reached via email at dmistich@wvpublic.org and you can follow him on Twitter @davemistich.

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