Sen. Rockefeller asks for ideas on how to battle prescription drug abuse

Local - 3/5/2013 7:41 AM by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - Sen. Jay Rockefeller wants ideas from the public on how to control West Virginia's prescription drug abuse problem.

He's launched a social media project to tackle a problem he said requires everyone to work together.

People can reach out to Rockefeller by using the hash-tag #StopRXDrugAbuseWV on Twitter, commenting on his Facebook page, and making suggestions through his website. Rockefeller hopes to hear from people all across the state.  In his most recent "A Minute with Jay" video, he talked about the need to fight drug abuse.

"Nine out of ten drug-related deaths in the sate are because of the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs," he said, "Prescription drug abuse is tearing at communities, ripping apart families, and taking far too many lives far too soon."

Rockefeller is pushing two bills on Capitol Hill that are driven by the state's drug epidemic.  

The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act would cut the number of opiod and methadone-related deaths through new training requirements for providers, further consumer education, and more federal support for state drug monitoring programs.

The other bill, called the Excellence in Mental Health Act, would improve access by funding construction of more behavioral health centers.


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