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West Virginia Attorney General Morrisey proposes opioid fighting legislation


Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Tuesday proposed legislation to combat the opioid crisis centered on hiring new State Police troopers and changing certain opioid prescribing practices.

Morrisey called for the addition of 150 troopers and 50 investigators to the State Police. Morrisey said a current shortfall of troopers is leaving the state’s borders exposed to people bringing in illicit drugs.

“Leading the way, and I think, the most important thing, the reason why we’re all here today, is that we need to have an enforcement surge here in West Virginia,” he said. “We need to protect our borders from the illicit product that’s flowing into our state from China, from the Middle East, from Mexico. Our borders are porous.”
The proposal would also limit doctors to prescribing only three days worth of treatment after an initial visit for all forms of acute pain; block potential negative consequences from doctors who opt against prescribing opioid medications; require doctors to review the state’s controlled substance monitoring database each time they write an opioid prescription; and attempt to curtail the numbers of prescribed opioids obtained through the Medicaid program.

Though Morrisey drafted a piece of legislation, he said he does not yet have any sponsors lined up to introduce it as a bill, and that it might come to the Legislature in separate pieces.

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