Late Wednesday afternoon, President Trump signed a bill into effect that will provide help in the battle against opioids in West Virginia.
It was a big victory for the state, but specifically for one local congressman.
As opioids continue to ravage our state, the country seems to get one step closer finding a solution to this devastating crisis.
President Trump signed a 600 page bill to fight the opioid crisis into law on Wednesday.
The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (or H.R. 6) will provide $8 billion this year to battle the addiction epidemic.
This afternoon President Trump signed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, into law. The bill is a bipartisan response to the opioid epidemic that is devastating communities across West Virginia and the nation.
The package includes four bills introduced by Rep. David B. McKinley (R-WV) to reduce repeat overdoses, encourage alternatives to opioids, expand access to safe drug disposal programs, and improve information sharing about patients’ addiction history between health care providers and family members.
Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va. visited Morgantown on Friday and spent some time with The Dominion Post to review some of the action in Congress.
McKinley cited three priorities: Opioids, health care and economic revitalization.
McKinley said President Trump recently signed a package of 57 opioid bills. They covered a blend of issues: Enforcement, rehabilitation and education among others.
The United States unemployment rate hit 3.7 percent in September, the lowest rate since 1969.
Representative David McKinley recently spoke with WBOY about a variety of issues affecting West Virginia, including the economy. He said in spite of economic growth, there is a continuing problem with a shortage of skilled workers in West Virginia and across the country.
He said more can be done to get a workforce that is up to the task of keeping the economy growing.
The United States Senate took another big step towards battling the opioid epidemic by passing the H.R. 6 or the Support for Patients and Communities Act.
West Virginia is one of the top states impacted by the opioid epidemic, so Congressman David McKinley, representing West Virginia's First District, knows first hand that this is a major issue that needs federal attention. "This is wrong. We're destroying families with this. We've got to find ways of solving this crisis."
This afternoon the Senate passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a bipartisan response to the opioid epidemic that is devastating communities across West Virginia and the nation. The legislation will boost access to treatment, improve prevention, and help efforts to fight dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl.
The package includes four bills championed by Rep. David B. McKinley (R-WV) to reduce repeat overdoses, encourage alternatives to opioids, expand access to safe drug disposal programs, and improve information sharing among health professionals.
U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., kicked off the Building Research in Capacity in West Virginia workshop Wednesday afternoon at West Virginia University, discussing the importance of seeking grants in medical research.
During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing into Twitter’s content moderation practices this afternoon, Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) questioned Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, on illegal online pharmacies using the social media site to sell illegal opioid pills. This follows a previous Energy and Commerce hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg where McKinley also highlighted illegal opioid sales on their social media platform. Earlier this year, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb called on social media companies to crack down on illegal opioid sales.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced today that it is expanding the investigation on the opioid crisis to include opioid manufacturers. The investigation had previously focused on five of the nation’s largest distributors who oversaw the shipment of large amounts of opioid pills into West Virginia, as well as the DEA’s oversight over these companies. Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) has been a leader on the Committee’s investigation and had been calling for the scope to include manufacturers.