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RAINELLE, W. Va (WVVA)-- A local group wants to stop the drug abuse problems infecting the community.

The Community Addressing the Rx Epidemic, or CARE, Coalition met Thursday morning at the Rainelle Medical Center do discuss ways to combat the drug abuse issues in the area.

Elected officials including Sheriff Jan Cahill and Prosecutor Pat Via participated in the meeting.

The Coalition is examining why people turn to drugs, and how to help them once that happens.

Medical professionals discussed how they can also give patients suffering from addiction better support, and the importance of safe and ethical practices when prescribing opiates and painkillers.

Marcie Vaughan, the Clinical Service Vice President for Seneca Health Services, said it's all about getting communities engaged in the discussion.

"Our goal as the CARE Coalition is to start conversations," she said.

But the Coalition is also about getting people to take action.

"We are encouraging the groups we speak with to engage in one or two activities that might address this prescription drug epidemic," she said.

The Coalition members said Thursday, starting these conversations is the first step to tackling the widespread problem. Getting people involved can establish better community awareness.

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