State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Drugs

Paula Jean Swearengin: End the wasteful, harmful, war on drugs

Invest all that saved money in drug diversion and mental health programs which have proven to be successful at slashing drug use. The time has come to stop the government from wasting money and fix the drug problem once and for all. Legalize and tax marijuana just like we do alcohol and tobacco, which will save us over $13 billion per year.
Source: 2018 West Virginia Senate campaign website Jul 17, 2017

Jim Justice: We have to have stiffer laws to fix the drug problem

I want to fix the drug problem. If we don't fix the drug problem in this state, it will cannibalize you. We have to have stiffer laws. There's no question whatsoever, a drug pusher that rolls in here from Detroit and selling drugs, he ought to know that this is not going to be a fun program if we catch him. We absolutely have to have a pathway to get our people that are hooked on these terrible drugs back into the community of the workforce. We have to do something with all the prescription drugs. No question whatsoever about that. But we have to have treatment facilities too.

I would propose today if we do this, and those dollars flow, I would propose immediately building a facility in Charleston, one in the Eastern Panhandle, and I know the veterans are waiting on the dollars to come from the fireworks tax and everything to build their facility in Beckley. And I would like to skim off some of this money to help them be able to get that facility built.

Source: 2017 West Virginia State of the State address Feb 8, 2017

Bill Cole: People who sell drugs belong in jail

It is incumbent upon state government to step up to the challenge and be a partner in combatting our state's growing drug epidemic. It is killing our children, tearing apart families and destroying communities. Bill Cole is committed to helping those addicted get the help they need, but for anyone who sells drugs, he is just as determined to make sure they are put in jail where they belong.
Source: 2016 West Virginia governor campaign website May 2, 2016

Earl Ray Tomblin: Prioritize combating substance abuse from many angles

We must continue to make the fight against substance abuse a top priority. In 2011, I established my Advisory Council on Substance Abuse to help us find more localized ways to combat this epidemic. Since then, we have updated our prescription drug monitoring program, cracked down on the sale of drugs used to make meth and put an end to doctor shopping. We have shut down pill mills for irresponsible prescription practices, and my administration is committed to continuing the fight against drug companies that oversupply pain medication without proper orders. Last year, we invested significant state funding to expand critical substance abuse treatment and recovery services. This September, we launched 844-HELP-4-W-V, the state's first 24-hour substance abuse help line.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to West Virginia legislature Jan 13, 2016

Earl Ray Tomblin: Behavioral therapies MUST accompany anti-addiction meds

Tonight, I'm introducing legislation to establish licensing requirements for medication-assisted treatment facilities. Research shows us that the use of Suboxone and Methadone alone does not support long-term recovery. This legislation requires counseling and behavioral therapies be used in conjunction with these medications to make sure those seeking treatment have the support they need to begin the recovery process.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to West Virginia legislature Jan 13, 2016

Bill Cole: Supports combating our growing drug epidemic

A mass endorsement from Republican lawmakers has given West Virginia Senate President Bill Cole a commanding lead in rallying political backers for his gubernatorial bid. The Bill Cole for Governor campaign announced that Cole has been endorsed by every state Senate Republican as well as 49 Republican members of the House of Delegates.

In response to the 67 endorsements, to combating our growing drug epidemic," he said. "I look forward to working with them to reform our tax code, improve our education system and strengthen our transportation network."

Source: Charleston Daily Mail: 2016 West Virginia gubernatorial race Jun 23, 2015

John Buckley: Democrats are afraid to touch the failed War on Drugs

While politics is usually portrayed as a contest of Republican v. Democrat, conservative v. liberal, red v. blue, that's narrow, old-fashioned thinking. It's "analog" politics in a digital age. I'm more "conservative" than the Republican candidate; and I'm also tackling issues like NSA spying, reduced foreign policy meddling around the world, and the failed "War on Drugs" that my Democrat opponent is apparently afraid to touch.
Source: Charleston Daily Mail on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Aug 12, 2014

Natalie Tennant: Federal registry to prevent "doctor shopping

Tennant acknowledges that one issue currently hindering the growth of industry is the state's prevailing drug issue, and she said that addressing that problem has been a large part of her push for Senate. She mentioned ideas like establishing a federal registry to address people going across borders and "doctor shopping," assisting doctors to ensure they're policing themselves, increasing prevention and treatment programs and creating more treatment facilities. "We have to do prevention first."
Source: Beckley Register-Herald on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Mar 2, 2014

Pat McGeehan: Decriminalize marijuana possession

Q: Do you support reducing prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?

A: Yes.

Source: West Virginia Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Earl Ray Tomblin: Not just criminal penalties: use technology for enforcement

Illegal drug use and the abuse of prescription drugs affect all of us. It is an equal opportunity destroyer of dreams and lives. It affects the poor, the affluent, the educated, and everyone in between. That is why this past year I formed the Governor's Substance Abuse Advisory Council and six Regional Task Forces. They have been collecting the facts, working with prevention, detection, and treatment experts in order to increase the access and effectiveness of our substance abuse programs.

Solving our drug problems is not just about increasing criminal penalties. I have learned that we must use technology to fight our drug problems and enhance enforcement. We must use our prescription monitoring program so that when an abuser tries to doctor or pharmacy shop, we stop it.

I will require that individuals pass a drug screening prior to enrolling in our state's taxpayer funded workforce training programs. Now is the time to get serious about ending drug abuse and addiction.

Source: West Virginia 2012 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2012

Natalie Tennant: It costs us less to rehabilitate than to jail someone

Q: What will you do as governor to address the drug epidemic?

A: You know, this one is a huge concern of mine. I worry about the drug epidemic. This is a scary thought: It does not discriminate. It's all across the board. No matter who you are, you could become addicted to prescription medication. It's killing people. It tears families apart. It's driving up our crime. And it's overcrowding our jails as well. And what I'm going to do is bring together the medical community, the pharmacists, the educators, the judicial community, in terms of law enforcement, as well, and we address it with programs to make sure we get the illegal drugs off the street, that we also educate folks and that we have rehabilitation in place. Because it's another do-it-now or do-it-later aspect, that it costs us less to rehabilitate than it does to house someone.

Source: The Register-Herald: West Virginia gubernatorial profiles Apr 25, 2011

Jay Wolfe: Treat addiction, but mandatory jail sentences for selling

Source: West Virginia Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Aug 8, 2008

Joe Manchin III: Declare war on meth & dangerous make-shift labs

It is long past time for us to put an end to the creation and use of meth labs. Not only do these volatile and often crude labs create illegal and highly addictive drugs, they endanger our towns and put at risk the lives of all law enforcement personnel. They are also impacting the lives of our children with disastrous results. Therefore, I will propose legislation that will limit access to key ingredients used in the production of methamphetamines. Similar legislation in Oklahoma has already reduced the number of meth labs in that state by over 60 percent. For the sake of our families and our children, I am putting meth users on notice tonight that we are going to declare war on this drug and the dangerous, make-shift meth labs that are too often leading to tragedy. Enough is enough.
Source: 2005 State of the State Address to West Virginia legislature Feb 9, 2005

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