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Key Legislation:

The opioid crisis has had a devastating impact on West Virginia, creating a public health emergency that has affected countless lives. The state has one of the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths in the country, with families and communities suffering the tragic consequences. This crisis has strained our healthcare system, fostered a cycle of addiction and poverty, and hindered economic development. Addressing this issue is crucial for the well- being and future prosperity of West Virginia.

SB536: increasing penalties for distributing fentanyl in West Virginia and for transporting fentanyl into West Virginia from another state. This bill also makes it a crime to involve a person under the age of 18 in distributing any controlled substance.

SB674: Created the West Virginia First Foundation. The foundation will ensure that $1 billion of opioid settlement funds are used to abate the opioid crisis through efforts such as evidence-based addiction treatment, recovery and prevention programs, and supporting law enforcement efforts to curtail distribution.

HB2195: Requires comprehensive drug awareness and prevention program in all public schools.

HB 2024: This bill expanded the use of telemedicine by allowing medical personnel to participate in telemedicine visits, particularly allowing out-of-state practitioners. 

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