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(By Delegates Poore, Perdue, Marshall, Rodighiero, Fleischauer, Hatfield, Moye, L. Phillips and Pasdon)



Urging Congress to pass legislation expanding federal oversight of methadone treatment.

    Whereas, West Virginia currently has nine for-profit methadone treatment centers; and

    Whereas, While methadone treatment for opioid addiction provides assistance to many individuals, as with any controlled substance, there is a risk of abuse with methadone; and

    Whereas, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nationwide deaths involving methadone increased sevenfold between 1999 and 2006; and

    Whereas, Methadone prescriptions have increased seven-hundred percent since 1998; and

    Whereas, Current federal oversight of methadone is inadequate in addressing the growing number of methadone related deaths; and

    Whereas, The West Virginia legislature believes that better federal oversight over methadone treatment is needed; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia;

    That the Legislature of West Virginia urges Congress to pass legislation expanding federal oversight of methadone treatment; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to members of the United States Senate representing West Virginia; to members of the West Virginia congressional delegation; to the President of the United States Senate; to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives; and to the Committee Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

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