Goodwin, who also traveled to Princeton on Thursday to discuss the report, said his office has successfully prosecuted 60 pill dealers this year, but that's not enough.
"The law enforcement side of it is really kind of healing the symptoms," he said in an interview with the Gazette. "What we need to be about is preventing the sickness."
The report also urges an expansion of drug courts, as well as more substance-abuse screening and treatment referrals in primary-care settings.
Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, who is acting as governor, joined Goodwin and Smithers at the conference, saying people must look at the problem from both a state and local perspective. Communities need drug treatment facilities that offer help for addicts, Tomblin said.
West Virginia has seen some positive developments since the summit in February, Goodwin said. For instance, the state Board of Pharmacy is linking West Virginia's prescription drug monitoring database with other states' programs to help identify doctor shoppers who cross state lines.
State Police plan to meet with faculty at every middle and high school in West Virginia, Smithers said. They are also distributing educational posters to schools, telling students that prescription drug abuse is the No. 1 killer of young people in West Virginia. The posters direct students to resources where they can get help for addiction and report suspected drug crimes.
Police also are meeting with pharmacists throughout the state to discuss prescription drug crimes, Smithers said.
The Drug Endangered Children Conference, which started Wednesday, offered workshops to social workers, police officers, health providers and others.
The state's Drug Endangered Children Taskforce started in 2005 and focuses on the plight of kids who live in homes where caregivers are selling, using or producing drugs.
Experts presented workshops with topics that included the effects of prenatal exposure to methamphetamine and prescription drugs, communicating with mothers who are on drugs, and investigating child deaths and injuries caused by drugs.
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