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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Got an idea about how to control West Virginia's prescription drug abuse problem? Sen. Jay Rockefeller wants to hear it.

He's launched a social media project to tackle a problem he says requires everyone to work together.

Rockefeller wants to hear from people on Facebook and Twitter, using the hash tag #StopRxDrugAbuseWV.

He's also taking suggestions through his website and encourages people to watch his new YouTube video.

Rockefeller is pushing two bills driven by the state's drug epidemic.

The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act would cut the number of opioid and methadone-related deaths through new training requirements for providers, more consumer education and more federal support for state drug-monitoring programs.

The Excellence in Mental Health Act would improve access by funding construction of more behavioral health centers.

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