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Thu Oct 29, 2015, 01:44 PM

 

West Virginia man calls 911 and turns over drug hoard after hearing president’s speech on addiction

(cross-posted from GD)

President Barack Obama visited West Virginia last week to address the state’s epidemic drug addiction — and one man was so inspired he called 911 and turned over a substantial collection of drugs.

Obama spoke Oct. 21 about reducing the demand for opioids, including heroin and prescription painkillers, at a community center in Charleston, where he met with parents and others whose loved ones have battled addiction.

A man from nearby Cross Lanes repeatedly called 911 that same day and asked for help with his drug addiction before dispatchers finally sent Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies to his home.

He placed his hands on the wall when deputies arrived, and he told them that he had watched TV coverage of the president’s speech and asked for help.

The man, whose name was not released, told deputies he was a heavy drug user but hoped to “live a drug-free life for his mother” after watching Obama’s speech, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

He showed deputies a cooler where he kept a set of digital scales, 16 Suboxone packs and patches, marijuana, 19 grams of ecstasy and more than 150 pain pills.

The deputies seized the drugs and took them to an evidence technician for disposal, the sheriff’s office said.

No criminal charges were filed against the man , who is in his mid-30s, and deputies took him to a treatment center, where he voluntarily entered a drug addiction rehabilitation program.

“We applaud this person’s self-initiated efforts and wish him well in his recovery,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

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http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/west-virginia-man-calls-911-and-turns-over-drug-hoard-after-hearing-presidents-speech-on-addiction/


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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2015, 01:55 PM

1. Good on him

 

I have always said that the largest failing of the so called "war" on drugs was the lack of treatment centers, in almost all cases anyone who has the desire to quit whichever drug of choice they use needs to be able to get into a treatment center right now, not next week or next month but right now. Even a short delay will weaken the desire to quit. So they did the right thing , no charges and get him a shot at the help he needs.

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Sun Nov 1, 2015, 10:01 PM

2. I agree completly with Old Codger.

They surely did the right thing...

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