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Oceana Town Hall: 'Time to Take Back Our Town'


OCEANA (WVVA) - A community comes together after a documentary rocks their foundation. 

'Oxyana' took home top honors at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, but the film's debut was not nearly as well received by residents.

With babies crawling through barbwire and dark shadow cast, town hall organizer D.J. Morgan said the film is more reminiscent of a scene from the Walking Dead than the town he calls home.

Morgan decided it was time to fight back and called for a town hall. 

"Mr. Dunne spent three weeks in our community. He used those three weeks to try to define us, Oceana, in his own terms. Today, we start to define our town in our own terms," said Morgan. 

On Friday,Morgan, Oceana Councilman Jim Cook, Senator Joe Manchin, Congressman Nick Rahall, W.Va. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of W.Va. Booth Goodwin spoke to a crowd of more than 300 people on the prescription pill abuse problem in Southern West Virginia.

"Having people together talking about things is an extraordinarily positive sign and it's going to make a world of difference," said Goodwin. 

"Truth be told, Mr. Dunn told a story we didn't like. But here's where we have to get real. The film did speak to a prescription pill problem we have in this area and now we're going to come together for a solution." added Morgan. 

From tougher laws to more treatment facilities, dozens of ideas were brought to the table by state leaders, law enforcement, and members of the community. But at the end of the day, Morgan said one thing is clear. "It's time to take our town back."

The group will reconvene six months from Friday for a second town hall scheduled for December 5, 2013.  

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