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W.Va. lawmakers pass bills to take on state opioid crisis


The Journal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia state lawmakers say they’ve passed a handful of bills the past two legislative sessions to tackle the state’s opioid crisis from four different angles: Law enforcement, prevention, treatment and education.

On the law enforcement front, the House of Delegates this year passed HB-220, increasing state penalties for conviction of illegal drug distribution and sale.

“Penalties are much more severe,” said Sen. Michael Maroney, R-Marshall. “To manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to sell, they’re all a felony now.”

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