WV Man Arrests Himself for Drug Use

A West Virginia man, inspired by an Obama speech on addiction, turns over his drug stash to the police and asks for help.
Nina Fenton
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On October 21, 911 operators in Cross Lanes, West Virginia received a call from a man in his 30’s claiming to need assistance, so Deputy J.A. Smith of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office was sent to his home to better assess the situation. Little did Deputy Smith know that what initially seemed like a routine response would turn into a call to action unlike any other he’s been assigned to while on the force.

The man soon walked out of his residence and promptly placed his hands on a nearby wall when Deputy Smith arrived. It was at this time that the man asked for help in a desperate attempt to break the bonds of addiction. that his heavy drug use had wrapped around his life. He was spurred into action by President Obama’s new plan to fight addiction that was outlined in a speech given in West Virginia that same day he turned his drugs in. The man said he “wanted to live a drug free life for his mother” and wanted the officers to help him.

Deputy Smith cautiously opened a cooler that contained “digital scales, suboxone packs and patches, marijuana, nineteen grams of ecstasy and 158 pain pills.” The drugs, paraphernalia and the cooler were taken into police custody where they were processed and cataloged.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office has stated that no charges will be filed nor will they release any of his personal information at this time. “We applaud this person’s self-initiated efforts and wish him well in his recovery,” read an online statement.

The man has been safely and securely transported by the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority to a local drug treatment facility where he is receiving the help he needs to bite his addiction. Authorities in the small town want the residents to know that if “you’re genuinely an addict who wants help, the first responders around the Kanawha Valley want to help.”

West Virginia Drug Epidemic

Authorities in West Virginia may are no strangers to drug addiction as the state is currently fighting an overwhelming battle. WV has the most overdose deaths in the nation, with reports showing that there are 33.5 fatal drug overdoses per 100,000 people. It’s important to note the overdose deaths in West Virginia are twice the national average.

As the nation struggles to get a firm grip on the drug epidemic, President Obama has begun the tedious process of presenting his new $100 million initiative to Congress, which will determine if the bill passes or not. Given Congress’ track record, the odds of the bill passing aren’t very good, regardless of the need to arm addicts the tools necessary to beat their addiction, all the way from access to treatment centers to urine drug tests in sober living houses.

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