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October 6, 2018
Major Opioid Legislation Heads To President's Desk; Includes McKinley Bills

The Senate passed major bipartisan opioid legislation this week -- H.R. 6 is now on its way to be signed into law. This is a significant step in the ongoing fight against this epidemic. It will increase access to treatment, improve prevention, and give law enforcement more tools. H.R. 6 includes four bills we have championed.

First is the POWER Act (H.R. 5176), which we introduced with Representative Doyle. It will help reduce repeat overdoses by helping patients get connected with treatment options directly following an overdose.

H.R. 6 also includes the Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) Act (H.R. 5197) that we introduced with Representative Pascrell. The ALTO Act builds on a successful model used in NJ to encourage alternative pain management in the ER.

Emmett's Law (H.R. 5695) will educate health professionals about information on substance abuse and overdoses they can share with family members.

Finally, H.R. 5628, the Access to Increased Drug Disposal Act was also included. The AIDD Act will improve access to drug disposal programs for leftover Rx medicine. A majority of opioid users become addicted with pills from friends and family, and this bill will reduce the availability.

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McKinley Visits Small Businesses in Moundsville

This week we visited with several small businesses in downtown Moundsville to talk about the economy and the challenges they are facing. We stopped in Hometown Floral & Gifts, Ruttenberg's, and several others. Small businesses are vital for our economy and our communities. There continues to be a lot of optimism about things turning around in WV.

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McKinley Holds Round Table To Discuss Treatment For Opioid Addiction

The WVU Medicine Chestnut Ridge Center and I had a good discussion this week. We talked about increasing & improving access to treatment for opioid addiction in West Virginia. Dr. Berry and his team are developing new treatment models and training providers across the state to fight this epidemic.

McKinley Discusses Flood Recovery For McMechen

This week we visited with the McMechen Long Term Recovery committee. A lot of progress has been made since flooding devastated the town in July 2017, but more work needs to be done to help the families hurt by the flood.

Economic Good News Comes to West Virginia

This week Governor Justice announced that personal income and severance taxes have provided $120 million in excess of estimates. This means more people are working and businesses are growing as a result of federal regulatory reform and the cuts to individual taxes.

Governor Justice pledged that the additional funds would be allocated to shoring up West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) and provide for a second round of 5% pay increases for teachers.


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