WTOV: Congressman McKinley commends bipartisan opioid bill

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Washington, October 26, 2018 | comments
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.
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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.

“We have 52 overdose deaths per 100,000. We're leading the nation. We've got to find a solution to this,” said Congressman David McKinley (R-WV).

H.R. 6 builds on previous efforts to fight the opioid epidemic that have gone through the house over the last two years.

McKinley had a hand in this opioid package, championing four bills in it.

The bill will triple funding for West Virginia to fight opioids and has been a two-year process to get ready.

"This is going to be good, because it's very comprehensive,” McKinley said. “I think it will set the tone for where we want to go and it will show where we're going to authorize the money to be spent. We got $6.7 billion in this year. Last year, $4 billion. How's that money to be spent?”

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