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Fayette County Departments Come Together to Highlight Drug Epidemic

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OAK HILL–Fayette County organizations are coming together this week to highlight the drug epidemic in our area.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Fayette County Health Department are inviting the community to come to a showing of the Oscar nominated documentary Heroin(e). The movie highlights the drug problem in Huntington, West Virginia and follows three women on their way to help those that are suffering.

These three departments in our area are working together to attack this issue on all fronts.

Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley said, “Our job is to help people, protect and serve. We protect and serve if we get the people who are selling the poison and put them in prison for a long time and we protect and serve if we get these people who are addicted to drugs and get them help and get them counseling and get them to a better life to be able to be a productive citizen in Fayette County.”
Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah said, “It’s one of the most rewarding things I get to do each week is participate in drug court. It’s really made a difference and it’s continuing to make a difference and I think the longer we go with it the better it will get.”
Teri Harlan with the Fayette County Health Department said, “At the Health Department we provide a harm reduction clinic once a week, we are doing syringe exchange trying to prevent the spread of disease. We do Naloxone training trying to prevent overdose deaths.”
The showing will take place at Oak Hill High School on Thursday February 15 at 6 pm. A round table discussion will follow.


Tyler Barker

Tyler is the Chief Meteorologist & Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. You can find him weekdays at 5, 6, and 11 pm on WOAY-TV. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com


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