Man battling drug addiction calls 911 for help after Obama speech

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Man Battling Drug Addiction Calls 911 For Help After Obama Speech



On October 21st, President Obama visited Charleston, West Virginia and delivered a moving speech addressing the epidemic proportions of drug addiction in the U.S.

Hours later, a man in the nearby city of Cross Lanes dialed 911, asking for help in battling his own problems with drugs. He requested that deputies be dispatched to his house.

When they arrived, the caller came outside and placed his hands on the wall. He also showed authorities a cooler filled with Suboxone, ecstasy, pain pills, and marijuana.

The man, who is in his mid-30s, was taken to a rehabilitation facility.

According to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, the unidentified man "admitted he was a heavy drug user, but had watched the President's speech earlier in the day about drug abuse. He said he wanted to live a drug-free life for his mother."

There are no plans to file charges against him in regards to the drugs he had in his possession.

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President Barack Obama walks on stage during a community forum at the East End Family Resource Center in Charleston, W. Va., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Obama is in Charleston to lead a community discussion on prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
US President Barack Obama speaks on drug abuse at the East End Family Resource Center on October 21, 2015 in Charleston, West Virginia. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks on drug abuse at the East End Family Resource Center on October 21, 2015 in Charleston, West Virginia. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama takes part in a discussion on drug abuse at the East End Family Resource Center on October 21, 2015 in Charleston, West Virginia. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (R) and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell applaud panelist Carey Dixon after she spoke at a discussion on drug abuse at the East End Family Resource Center on October 21, 2015 in Charleston, West Virginia. Dixon has a loved one whos is struggling with substance use disorder. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama takes part in a discussion on drug abuse at the East End Family Resource Center on October 21, 2015 in Charleston, West Virginia. At right is Carey Dixon who has a loved one struggling with substance use disorder. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama, right, listens as Cary Dixon, left, speaks of her struggles with her son's addiction during an event at the East End Family Resource Center in Charleston, WVa., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Obama is in Charleston to to host a community discussion on the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
US President Barack Obama speaks on drug abuse at the East End Family Resource Center on October 21, 2015 in Charleston, West Virginia. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (R) hugs panelist Cary Dixon (C) as Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell looks on following a discussion on drug abuse at the East End Family Resource Center on October 21, 2015 in Charleston, West Virginia. Dixon has a loved one who is struggling with substance use disorder. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama listens to member of the panel during a community forum at the East End Family Resource Center in Charleston, W.Va., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Obama is in Charleston to lead a community discussion on prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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