Stories of hope show drugs can be beaten

An editorial from The Register-Herald

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Two stories that appeared in The Register-Herald Sunday and Monday give us hope that the grip drugs have on southern West Virginia can be crushed.

One is a story of personal triumph, the other dogged determination by officials to continue to find a way to beat this devil back at every turn.

In Sunday’s edition, you were introduced to Kegan Cantley, a recovering addict who reached rock bottom, then found the strength to claw her way out of the abyss and make a new life for herself, her children and her new husband.

It took the death from overdoses of two people she loved, jail and, ultimately, having her children taken away that finally gave her the courage and strength to break through the chains binding her to the drugs.

The thought of her children calling someone else mommy was one of the wake-up slaps she needed.

It took time, but she managed to get clean and stay clean. She now has her children back, she is married and she has had a third child.

We pray Kegan will keep claim to this victory. Only she holds the key to the chains, but it seems she has the courage — and the knowledge — to keep the devil from her door.

“I know I’m only one pill away from losing everything I have,” she says.

That is a powerful weapon.

In Monday’s paper, we learned about the Wyoming County adult drug court…

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