JOHNSON CITY, T.N. - U.S. Attorneys, health care professionals, educators, and police met to tackle Appalachia's leading public health crisis.
Among those in attendance at the forum on the campus of East Tennessee State University was U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Goodwin said his office was eager to participate in such an important meeting because drug abuse continues to be the biggest crime problem that faces this region.
"No place has been harder hit by prescription drug abuse than Southern West Virginia, and really the whole Appalachian region," he said, "That's why we got together, my colleagues, the seven U.S. attorneys from the Appalachian Region, to put on this summit."
Records showed that prescription drug abuse was one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in West Virginia, the state also had one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the nation.