Gov. Justice announces new plan to combat opioid crisis in West Virginia

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - State leaders announced a plan Monday to help combat the opioid crisis in West Virginia.

Governor Jim Justice was joined by other state officials at PROACT (Provider Response Organization for Addiction Care and Treatment) in Huntington.

Justice said he plans to create a governor's council on substance abuse and prevention.

He spoke bluntly about the issue, saying "I'm going to fix the damn problem."

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said the Southern District has seized enough fentanyl this year to kill 1.6 million people.

Fentanyl is a powerful and dangerous drug that is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We'll update this story as more information becomes available.