Gov. Tomblin launching drug abuse awareness campaign

SOUTH CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia is warning working-age residents that abusing drugs will keep them unemployed.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the state is launching a “Get High, Don’t Get Hired” campaign next week.

The public awareness effort targets the damage to West Virginia’s employment picture blamed on substance abuse.

Officials have long recounted anecdotes from state employers who say they want to hire but that applicants can’t pass a drug test.

Concerns about drug abuse prompted Tomblin to order drug testing for most publicly funded workforce training programs last year.

Tomblin addressed reporters and editors Thursday at The Associated Press’ annual Legislative Lookahead forum.

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