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Bob Newell speaks on overdose epidemic at Parkersburg Rotary Club

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Published: Mar. 13, 2017 at 6:49 PM EDT
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At Monday's meeting of the Parkersburg Rotary Club, former Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell about what he thinks is the community's lack of voice about the region's ongoing drug overdose epidemic.

He also spoke about the Nation's drug problem compared to the Mountain State. That's because West Virginia’s drug overdose death rate is three-times higher than the Nation's overdose death rate.

Newell said,

"There's 168 that have overdosed so far this year. Ten have died in Wood County, so you know, that's a bunch. And if it weren't for Narcan, and I'm sure that's controversial, we'd be having deaths at about the rate of about a third-world country in Wood County, if they all died.”

Also at Monday’s meeting were members and administrators of the Drug Free Club of America at Parkersburg High School.

About 300 of the 17,00 students at the school are members of the Drug Free Club.