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Fayette County has been designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA. The designation allows for more resources to combat the opioid epidemic.

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Another West Virginia county has been designated as an area with high drug trafficking.

Wood County, West Virginia and fifteen other counties nationwide are being added to the list of High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas.

cityofhuntington.com

Huntington city council members want to open new lines of communication for police in an attempt to tackle the city's drug problem.

WCHS-TV reports council members are working on bringing the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and the Huntington police force into the same communication channels. The Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area currently helps connect federal groups such as the FBI with local and state police.

Office of National Drug Control Policy

Five Appalachian counties were designated as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas today, including Jefferson County, West Virginia. The designation allows the counties to receive federal resources to improve drug control and reduce illicit use.

High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs) are defined as areas determined to be critical drug trafficking regions in the U.S., according to a news release from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. There are 28 HIDTAs across the country, and each includes several counties.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

US Senator Shelley Moore Capito hosted a Drug Prevention Summit Monday in Martinsburg. Dozens of community members and lawmakers from the Eastern Panhandle came together to discuss drug trafficking in Berkeley County. Heroin addiction is a major problem in the area, and the community is concerned about where to send those who need help.