After a powerful speech by President Barack Obama on drug abuse, a West Virginia man turned himself and his drugs into the police to get help.
Obama's speech took place at a community forum at the East End Family Resource Center in Charleston, West Virginia. The speech and the panel could not have come at a more important time: nearly 120,000 people have died of drug overdoses during President Obama's tenure.
"More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do from motor vehicle crashes," Obama said. "The majority of those overdoses involve legal prescription drugs. I don't have to tell you, this is a terrible toll."
During his speech, Obama referenced his own experience with drugs and the fears he has for his children, who at any time could end up trapped in a cycle of addiction. We now know that his personal speech, at the very least, has changed one life.
A West Virginian man called 911 after seeing Obama's speech and turned in "a cooler full of drugs that included included digital scales, 16 Suboxone packs and patches, marijuana, 19 grams of ecstasy and 158 pain pills," according to WSAZ News.
Even better, the Sheriff's Department released a statement saying they would not be pressing charges against the man. Instead, he was taken by an ambulance to a treatment center where he voluntarily admitted himself into a rehab program.