WV man turns drug stash in after watching Obama's speech

President Barack Obama spoke in West Virginia on Oct. 21 to discuss the dangers of drug abuse and his initiatives to reform the drug industry.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

President Barack Obama spoke in West Virginia on Oct. 21 to discuss the dangers of drug abuse and his initiatives to reform the drug industry.

Thanks, Obama.

A West Virginia man turned himself and his stash of drugs in to police after watching a speech the commander-in-chief made that day about drug abuse, county sheriffs said.

“No criminal charges were filed in connection with this matter, and none will be filed,” the Kanawha County sheriff’s office said. “We applaud this person’s self-initiated efforts and wish him well in his recovery.”

Police found the Cross Lanes man’s cooler filled with a pharmacy-worth of drugs: 158 painkillers, 19 grams of ecstasy, marijuana, 16 Suboxone packs and patches and digital scales.

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The unnamed man watched President Obama giving a speech on drug abuse while he was in Charleston, W. Va., on Oct. 21. The state has the highest number of drug overdose deaths in the country.

“This is a terrible toll. The numbers are big, but behind those numbers are an incredible pain for families,” the president said in his speech.

A man, inspired by a speech given by President Barack Obama on the drug addiction problem, turned drugs into local police in an effort to get help.Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office

A man, inspired by a speech given by President Barack Obama on the drug addiction problem, turned drugs into local police in an effort to get help.

It seems the heavy drug user in his mid-30s heeded Obama’s warning, as he called cops after watching the speech, and said he “wanted to live a drug-free life for his mother,” deputies said.

An ambulance then brought him to a treatment center, where he entered a rehab program to battle his drug addiction.

ang@nydailynews.com

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