1/9/2014 4:08 PM
by Karen Franklin
CHARLESTON - In his annual State of the State address Wednesday, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says more assistance is now available for families dealing with substance abuse.
Tomblin said a collaborative effort to tackle the epidemic of drug abuse has lead to new recovery coaches, detox stabilization units and expanded services.
Tomblin referenced Josh Morrison, a man he says became addicted to prescription pain killers after his bone disease diagnosis. Because of Morrison's recent success, Tomblin insisted the state must never lose sight of every person's worth.
"It's destroying our youth," Delegate John Pino told WOAY. "It's destroying their future and our state and nation's future. I think he's well focused. I like what I heard."
Senator Mike Green talked about what he was surprised was not included in the speech.
"I thought he would mention the pseudoephedrine bill," Sen. Mike Green said. "That's something that's been around here for the last couple years. I know it's on the priority of some of the members of the legislature. So that kind of surprised me."