When President Barack Obama touched down in Charleston, West Virginia last week to deliver a rousing speech on the addiction crisis currently facing the country, he wasted no time expressing just how dire he considered Americans' reliance on prescription drugs and other easily abused substances. "More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do from motor vehicle crashes," Obama said during the speech, according to the New York Times. "The majority of those overdoses involve legal prescription drugs. I don’t have to tell you, this is a terrible toll."
Though many across the nation were watching Obama’s speech intently, one man was feeling it in a very real way. In fact, this man was so moved by Obama's sweeping sentiment, he promptly called 911 and initiated a full-on surrender of his stash. Shortly after Obama’s speech, an unidentified man "in his mid 30s" phoned the authorities and reportedly said he "needed help for a drug addiction" and requested that local deputies visit his home. Upon their eventual arrival, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office were directed to a "cooler full of drugs" by the individual. According to WSAZ, the cooler was filled with a variety of substances including Suboxone packs and patches, ecstasy, and pain pills.
No charges are expected to be filed against the man, though he was reportedly transported via ambulance to a nearby treatment center before voluntarily entering a rehabilitation program of some sort. "We applaud this person’s self-initiated efforts and wish him well in his recovery," Kanawha County authorities said in a statement to WSAZ.