3/19/2014 5:09 PM
by Karen Franklin
LEWISBURG - A current state official with hopes to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller wants to prevent a new prescription drug from hitting the streets of West Virginia.
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant told Newswatch Zohydro is ten times more powerful than Oxycodone and available in a crushable, snortable form. Tennant hopes that talking to law enforcement, medical providers and church leaders will help find solutions for drug abuse across the state.
Tennant talked about ways to engage the Hinton community in forms of healthier activity.
"There are facilities that are needed," she told WOAY. "There are buildings that are needed to bring people together, to have an alternative to being on the streets and trying drugs -- for our residents and especially our young people."
Tennant's second stop of Wednesday was in Lewisburg, where several local mayors and community leaders shared the area's struggles.
Steve Weir, who works with the Greenbrier Valley Economics Development Corporation, said some of the area's challenges include finding an educated workforce and improving the economy as fast as they'd like to.
Weir said he's proud of the county's stable manufacturing industry. During the roundtable, officials planned to share their enthusiasm for local food initiatives because good economic development happens at the local level.
"Candidates and leaders need to know that," Weir told WOAY. "Need to get down and talk to the people at the local area, find out what they're doing and how they're coping, what innovation they're bringing to the programs, and then they can better access how they can interact."