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Acting governor to attend Eastern Panhandle roundtable on drug problems

June 28, 2011

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is expected to meet with Eastern Panhandle county and municipal leaders Wednesday to discuss drug problems in their communities.

Senate Majority Leader John Unger on Monday announced that Tomblin will host a roundtable discussion on the issue at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The meeting, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is closed to the public, but open to the media, according to an email invitation sent from the governor’s office to Unger.

Representatives of the West Virginia State Police, Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, and Health and Human Resources also are expected to attend.

Unger, D-Berkeley/Jefferson, said he invited Tomblin to take part in the roundtable in the Eastern Panhandle after the acting governor announced a series of talks in southern West Virginia on drug abuse.

“An ever-growing population combined with access to several major city centers has made the Eastern Panhandle ripe for drug abuse and substance abuse issues,” Unger said in a news release.

“... We must not allow ... the Eastern Panhandle to become the next drug epidemic center,” he said.

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