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Faith-based initiative a new way to fight addiction in West Virginia

By BILL LUSK

The Logan Banner

LOGAN, W.Va. — Following the lead of Ohio Attorney General Mike De Wine, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is hoping a faith-based initiative aimed at fighting drug addiction can reduce the number of overdoses in the state.

Morrisey, who launched his drug awareness campaign “Combating Addiction With Grace,” last June made a stop at the Word of Life Church in Logan County Thursday morning to spread the word about the ongoing battle.

Greg Delaney, Pastor and Faith Coordinator for De Wine’s Heroin Unit, traveled to West Virginia to speak to church communities and faith leader on how they can help combat the drug epidemic.

“We are here today to bring pastors, faith leaders and para-ministries together to educate them about what is going on with the drug epidemic in West Virginia,” Delaney said. “Introduce them to solutions that are here in their community that they can partner with, volunteer with and really begin to empower the church and faith community into being a part of the solution to the epidemic.”

Delaney said that since De Wine’s initiative was introduced in Ohio, his home of Montgomery County has seen a decrease in overdose deaths. Delaney believes the decrease can be correlated to new energy.

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