West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued the following statement related to President Barack Obama’s visit to Charleston:
“I am grateful to President Obama for visiting West Virginia to address the issue of substance abuse that is sweeping our state.
The drug problem is real. West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in the nation and it would be hard to find one family who hasn’t been touched in some way by this epidemic. For a state in need of hope, I am anxious to hear what the President has to say.
But while President Obama finds it necessary to address our state about a war on drugs, it is inconceivable that he refuses to address in any meaningful way the plight of our miners and their families. The President’s policies have consigned our state to poverty and have caused a loss of hope in our citizens.
The Obama Administration’s illegal, unprecedented regulatory assault on the coal industry has and will continue to ravage the state of West Virginia. The unconscionable federal government actions of the Obama administration have closed coal mines, shut down businesses and put countless hard working West Virginians out of jobs.”