South Charleston Case Study

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — What started out as a typical meeting of the South Charleston City Council turned into a discussion about the heroin problem in the city and region.

During the reporting portion of the meeting Thursday, Ward 5 Councilman Edd Brooks asked South Charleston Deputy Police Chief Joel Gray about his ward's recent problems with drug use.

According to Brooks, there has been six overdose over the past month in his district, which runs from D Street to Interstate 64 on the northern side of the interstate.

"It's a heroin epidemic and it's starting to effect the neighbors," he said. "The neighbors are scared."

Gray said heroin is a problem because of how cheap and available it is for people.

"A lot of the users I know know
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