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W.Va.Attorney General continues faith-based tour to fight drug addiction

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) West Virginia's Attorney General Patrick Morrisey continued to rally local churches during his statewide tour promoting faith-based approaches to fighting the state's drug problem. 

Morrisey hosted a summit with local religious groups at the Calvary Assembly of God in Beckley on Tuesday.

In an interview with WVVA News, he said the goal is to empower local leaders to get more involved in the fight -- forming action groups and plans for their respective communities. 

"Faith-based initiatives work. A lot of times, there are people in the community that can reach out, provide counseling, provide referrals to treatment, and transportation. It's so important when you're fighting this problem to do it from the ground up." 

The attorney general also hopes the initiative will help connect faith-based leaders with law enforcement, first responders, and treatment groups to better coordinate their response.

"Christ followers have historically been key agents for social change like David Wilkerson's crusade against addiction resulting in Teen Challenge. Jesus himself was an agent of social change, said Pastor Thomas Carver with the Calvary Assembly of God. "In light of the drug epidemic in our region, we are not just hoping for change, we intend to be an effectual part of that change in any way we can." 

The attorney general has hosted similar conferences in Martinsburg, Parkersburg, Fairmont, and Wheeling. 

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