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Opioid epidemic draining West Virginia's burial assistance fund

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The topic of funeral expenses after the death of a loved one can be an uncomfortable conversation, but a necessary one. West Virginia funeral director Fred Kitchen said there's an alarming trend that makes the topic even more complicated to address. 

Law Enforcement Tracks Down Opioids

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With the opioid epidemic taking over the lives of people throughout West Virginia, law enforcement has been fighting to rid the crisis. 

Babies born addicted

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The smallest victims in the war on drugs. The ones who never chose the life they were born into. Babies born addicted.

Turning to Faith to Beat Addiction Video included

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In 2011, Daniel Pease made the decision to drastically change his life and rely on his faith in God to treat his drug addiction  "Without faith in something greater than myself, I don't think that I could make it on a day to day basis, I have to know that there's something more out there, otherwise why would you quit doing drugs," Pease said. That year, Pease went through a 12 month faith based treatment program at Brian's Safehouse.  It was there that he no...

One rehab center works to make treatment more accessible Video included

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Access to treatment is hard. At the largest opioid addiction clinic in West Virginia, the Comprehensive Opiod Addiction Treatment Clinic in Morgantown, just getting in the door can take more than a year. That won't be fast enough for some addicts on the waiting list, which topped 530 names just a year ago.There just aren't enough beds.


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    Tuesday, May 23 2017 9:00 PM EDT2017-05-24 01:00:12 GMT

    A West Virginia University student that was reported missing has been found. 

    A West Virginia University student that was reported missing has been found. 

  • Raleigh County 21-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder

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    Tuesday, May 23 2017 6:21 PM EDT2017-05-23 22:21:39 GMT

    A shaken and sobbing Camille Brown pleaded guilty to second degree murder and two counts of burglary on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 23, 2017. 

    A shaken and sobbing Camille Brown pleaded guilty to second degree murder and two counts of burglary on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 23, 2017. 

  • State Police searching for missing Raleigh County man

    State Police searching for missing Raleigh County man

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 8:48 PM EDT2017-05-24 00:48:17 GMT

    West Virginia State police are looking for a missing person in Raleigh County. Ardie Curry, who also goes by Jim, was last seen in the Glen White area off of Lester highway. Police said on Tuesday the last time he was seen was April 14th.   Troopers said Curry has been known to get rides from a man named David Pierce. If you have any information on his whereabouts, you are encouraged to call the Beckley detachment of West Virginia State police at (304) 256-6...

    West Virginia State police are looking for a missing person in Raleigh County. Ardie Curry, who also goes by Jim, was last seen in the Glen White area off of Lester highway. Police said on Tuesday the last time he was seen was April 14th.   Troopers said Curry has been known to get rides from a man named David Pierce. If you have any information on his whereabouts, you are encouraged to call the Beckley detachment of West Virginia State police at (304) 256-6...

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