Updated Thu, May 30, 2013 10:50 am
Three police agencies in West Virginia are teaming up to help children at risk of abuse or neglect because of adult prescription drug abuse.
West Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Jay Smithers says in a news release that children are the casualties of prescription drug abuse.
State police and sheriff's departments in Kanawha and Putnam counties will begin participating in the Drug Endangered Children Tracking System on July 1.
Officers will enter every felony drug arrest in the two counties into the system. This information will be shared with child protection workers.
State police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous says the goal is to help child protection workers identify situations in which children are abused or neglected.