- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A task force aimed at combatting the rising heroin problem in the capital city region is scheduled to meet.

The Heroin Eradication Associated Task Force, or HEAT, is to meet Thursday in Charleston.

Part of the meeting will be devoted to discussing the negative impact of heroin in the county.

The growing use of heroin is a statewide problem. West Virginia and other states are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to a cheaper alternative.

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