Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

DEA to Target Heroin Traffickers in Charleston- Huntington Region

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

DEA to Target Heroin Traffickers in Charleston- Huntington Region

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By Eric Eyre Putnam Review

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will spend $500,000 on a program that aims to curb prescription drug and heroin abuse from Charleston to Huntington, agency officials announced Feb. 15. The pilot project targets drug traffickers that supply opioids to Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell counties. The DEA also wants to reduce the diversion of prescription drugs through discussions with doctors, pharmacists, drug wholesalers and manufacturers.

What's more, the DEA seeks to forge ties with local community groups to raise awareness about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers.

West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in the nation.

"By bringing together all of the resources of our local, state and federal partners, we look to loosen the hold this epidemic and illicit drug trafficking organizations have on the tri-county area, said Karl Colder, special agent in charge of the Washington, D. …

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