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President Obama to discuss opioid abuse in Charleston

By Joel Ebert

The Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For his first visit to West Virginia in five years, President Barack Obama will head to Charleston’s East End for a discussion on the country’s prescription drug and heroin epidemic.

Official portrait of President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.
President Barack Obama

The East End Family Resource Center will host the president in the Roosevelt Neighborhood Center building Wednesday afternoon.

During the forum, which is closed to the public, the president will meet with an audience that will include educators, medical experts and law enforcement officials.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail is soliciting reader questions about the drug abuse epidemic. The newspaper will provide several of the questions to the president. Any questions and comments, which can be sent to [email protected], should pertain to the problem of opioid use disorders and overdoses, involving prescription drugs or heroin. Please include your first name and hometown with your question or comment, although you may choose to use your full name.

This will be Obama’s third visit to West Virginia as president and his first since the death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd in 2010.

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