CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., is increasing his efforts to bring national attention to Appalachia's "prescription drug epidemic."
Rahall will testify before a Congressional committee on March 7. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, invited Rahall to the committee hearing.
In April, Rahall will participate in the first National Summit on Prescription Drug Abuse, which will work to increase national attention to a growing drug crisis and find solutions to that crisis.
"Focusing the national spotlight on Appalachia's prescription drug epidemic helps expose and unearth the root causes of the scourge that runs deep and wide across most of the country," Rahall said.
"With a national audience we can have more access to resources to help resolve this crisis draining our families, communities and our economy."
Rahall is a senior member of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse.
"Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky share many virtues and opportunities, but we both are plagued by prescription drug abuse," Rahall said.
Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky., and Rahall organized the March Congressional hearing. Rogers is also organizing the national summit in April that will focus on prescription drug abuse.