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Sheriff’s candidate charged with heroin possession following morning overdose

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Berkeley County Sheriff candidate John Orem.  Credit: Facebook
Berkeley County Sheriff candidate John Orem. Credit: Facebook


A West Virginian candidate for the office of Sheriff is looking at a lost campaign after being arraigned this morning for heroin possession.

According to The Journal, Berkeley County Sheriff’s candidate John Orem is being charged with heroin possession and was released on bond.

A criminal complaint indicates that West Virginia State Police were called to Orem’s address at 9 AM this morning to support an EMS team.

Upon arrival, they found an unresponsive Orem, whom which they administered Narcan to counter the effects of the apparent narcotics overdose.

Interestingly enough, this was not the first time Orem had dealt with EMS or heroin this week. On Monday evening, EMS were called to his house to mitigate a potential overdose with Narcan.

Police found drug paraphernalia in the house, and Orem refused to submit a voluntary blood draw.

Orem has been unconventional in his approach to drug abuse, referring it to more of a medical issue than a criminal one.

“I don’t necessarily agree with incarceration for just the using of a drug,” Orem said. “But I do agree that (users) need to go to jail if they commit (another) offense while using that drug.”

Orem plans on releasing a statement later today.

 

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