- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - Officials in northern West Virginia are working on a plan to fight heroin and prescription drug abuse in the Ohio Valley.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld (EE’-len-feld) and Ohio County Circuit Court Judge David Sims discussed the initiative at a news conference Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Wheeling.

Ihlenfeld and Sims are co-chairmen of a working group that was formed in July. The group also includes officials from education, law enforcement, health care, rehabilitation, business, legislative, treatment, recovery and the news media. Subcommittee meetings took place in August and September and will continue through the fall, with a final action plan scheduled for December.

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