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Local Mom Battles Addiction Video included

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Tonight, we continue our reports into the states of addiction. We recently introduced you to Jordann Thomas. Her baby was born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, meaning his body was going into drug withdrawal. Tonight, she shares her story of the addiction that lead to her baby's condition, why her sobriety has been such a battle and how she plans to win it. “It went from oxy to heroin and every day all day to from the time I was 15 to 22,” said Jordann Thomas. “I'...

States of Addiction: Most Vulnerable Victims Video included

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Tonight we continue our reports into the states of addiction with a look at the most vulnerable victims of the raging epidemic in the tri-state region. I’ll introduce you to a new mom from Milton, West Virginia who survived addiction but wasn’t prepared to see her baby have to do the same.

PREVIEW: States of Addiction - Town Hall

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All this month, 13 News has been looking into the opioid epidemic. We've brought you special reports, real life stories, and information about the uphill battle we face fighting the crisis. Now, join us for a town hall meeting bringing the Tri-State together as we discuss the issues in-depth, and look for potential solutions. You can register for the States of Addiction Town Hall by clicking here. And then watch our special States of Addiction Tow...

States of Addiction - The Tiniest Victims

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We continue our look into the states of addiction, with a look at the most vulnerable victims of the raging epidemic in the tri-state region,  including one new mom and her baby from Middleport, Ohio. Remington is just 35 days old, but in his short life he has already become a survivor. He was born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, meaning he was born going through withdrawal from drugs. "When I went into deliver him they asked me what medications I was prescri...

States of Addiction: Opioid Inc. Video included

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It's a crisis. Our crisis. The ongoing opioid epidemic has harshly affected friends, neighbors, and loved ones. "It's not just the poor. It's not the black, not the white, it's everywhere. It's everybody," said Jon Matthews, a local filmmaker who returned home to West Virginia to produce a new documentary about the ongoing crisis.

States of Addiction: Meet the Faces of West Virginia's Opioid Crisis Video included

Over 800 people died of drug overdoses in WV last year Over 800 people died of drug overdoses in WV last year
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"I know what it's like when you are at your knees and you're begging the Lord to take your life because you'd rather be gone than have to deal withdrawal or find another drug," said Chelsea Carter, who is in recovery from opioid addiction. "I would pray to die. I mean I would just ask God to let me die driving down the road or something," said Trena Dingess, who is also in recovery. Chelsea Carter and Trena Dingess are recovering from addiction, survivors of West...

Mingo Deputies Arrest Two for Disposing Needles Near Children's Park

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KERMIT, WV (WOWK) - The Mingo County Sheriff's Office is warning for parents to be alert following the discovery of a couple o syringes close to a county park. According to a release by the Mingo County Sheriff's Office, the syringes were found close to a park near Kermit, WV. The Sheriff's Office is asking that parents please alert their children of the dangers, and to be observant. If anyone has any information pertaining to where the syringes are coming from, they are asked to c...

Woman traveling country paying drug addicts to get vasectomies, tubes tied

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 A woman on a mission to stop drug-addicted mothers from having babies is making stops across the country.

23 people overdose in Hagerstown on Wednesday

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According to Hagerstown Police, 23 people overdosed in the city of Hagerstown on Wednesday. Police say at times, on several occasions, it was the same person overdosing.

Cops Save Child From SUV Teetering on Hill After Driver ODs

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Police say an SUV with a child in the backseat nearly flipped over a steep hillside after the driver and passenger overdosed on what investigators believe was heroin.

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. 

Ohio Police Arrest Man Hauling Large Load of Marijuana, Oxycodone from Colorado

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Police said the man was arrested after they found a large shipment of marijuana and oxycodone from Colorado hidden inside horse bedding.

Police: Ohio Driver Rolled Car, Used Heroin at Crash Scene

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Police said he fell asleep in a police cruiser and was found with a needle containing suspected heroin residue.

West Virginia Mother Charged with Gross Neglect After Son Ingests Opioid

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West Virginia State Police have arrested a woman they said allowed her child to get into drugs.

Those in recovery looking forward to what federal grant money for opiod crisis goes to

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The fight against the opioid crisis is an ongoing battle. With the highest fatal overdose rate, it’s hit West Virginia especially hard. Now $6 million dollars from a federal grant is on the way to try and help the problem. "You have no way out and you feel that there is no way, most of the time death is the option," said Tara Trout about battling an opioid addiction. Struggling with addiction to various drugs including opioid pills for years she knows first hand how...

SPECIAL REPORT: A New Hope - Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

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As the opioid epidemic continues to takes lives and destroy families in Appalachia, many say the issue doesn't discriminate. No matter your age, career, or upbringing, Dr.'s say most people know someone battling addiction. "Drug addictions are demons and some people have no idea what you fight every day," said 22-year-old Hope Wooten, a Boone County, WV native. Hope says her history of drug addiction started in high school. "At first it was fun, but then I had switch...

Recovery Point Charleston Working to Reunite Mothers with Children

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Stephanie Hall says the hardest thing about recovering from her addiction to heroine is being away from her two little girls.  "To go without your children is a horrible feeling and to know that you caused it yourself is a lot harder to handle," said Stephanie.  She's been at Recovery Point Charleston since November and recently got the chance to see her daughters again.  Program organizers say most women at Recovery Point do have kids.  "Th...


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