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Drug abuse plagues this state in incalculable ways.

Families torn apart, communities destroyed and innocent people, literally, caught in the crossfire. Now, as if meth and the abuse of prescription painkillers were not enough, authorities say the use of heroin is on the rise. Over the last few years, deaths attributed to heroin overdoses have increased dramatically. The toll this filth takes on our towns and neighborhoods is simply terrifying. Putting a stop to the drug trade should be of paramount importance for all of us. The specter of drug abuse casts a broad and dangerous shadow.

We know that West Virginia has so much to offer; yet what business leader is going to risk capital and resources if, when they get to the hiring stage, only a select few can pass a drug test? That may seem a bit heartless in the face of dead teenagers and grieving mothers, but it must be asked and considered. In terms of creating wealth, we do not have much in our favor right now, but everyone loses when we mix in this kind of poison.