UPDATE 2:15 p.m.:
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey visited the Ohio Valley Thursday morning to meet with local groups on substance abuse prevention.
The Attorney General is passionate about attacking the drug epidemic head on and he believes "Combating the Addiction with Grace" could be part of the answer.
So on Thursday, the Attorney General hosted a community conference to coordinate efforts and better tackle substance abuse issues.
More than 100 people attended the event from local faith-based groups, first-responders and substance abuse treatment groups.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said the meeting is a chance to expand the substance abuse prevention network across the Mountain State.
But it's also a time to focus on treatment of not just of the body, but also the heart and mind.
"If you can talk with someone in your community and get better in your head and in your heart, that's a great thing for society. These are individuals who care about what's going on on the local streets. This is not a distant bureaucrat. That's always going to be much more effective," Morrisey said.
The Attorney General said he's already encouraged by hundreds of pastors and local leaders who've stepped up and joined the fight against opioids.
Of course, this conference is just one of the first steps in helping communities create an action plan.
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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is hosting a community conference on substance abuse prevention.
"Combating Addiction with Grace" has brought together the faith-based groups, first responders, and local substance abuse treatment groups to discuss ways to combat opiates.
"We're all affected by the opioid epidemic in one way or another, and we need to attack this head on," said Morrisey. "It's time we take our communities back. The first step is bringing together groups in the community."
"It's time to take our communities back. The first step is bringing together groups in the community." -WV Attorney Gen. Patrick Morrisey— Brooke Chaplain (@BrookeChaplain) September 14, 2017
The event is taking place at Wheeling Jesuit University, and is scheduled to wrap up around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon.