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WYTHEVILLE (WVVA)-- Law enforcement, medical professionals, and individuals interested in economic development came together to talk about the prescription drug problem in Southwest Virginia Wednesday.

The summit focused on all aspects of the problem including what the problem is, where pills are coming from, and ways to help prevent addiction.

U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy says the drug epidemic in preventing the region from generating jobs. "We have heard from some employers from some major companies that have evaluated Southwest Virginia as a place to open a call center or factory, but there have been concerns about the inability to find workers that will test clean," Heaphy said.

Heaphy also says education is the key. He encourages educating consumers, kids, and parents about the problem because addiction is starting at early ages. According to drugfree.org, 65% of teens who abuse pain relievers say they get them from family members and friends.

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