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Introduced Version Senate Resolution 43 History

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SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 43

(By Senators Kessler, Unger, Stollings, Snyder, Edgell, Jenkins, Foster, Plymale, Minard, McCabe, Yost and Wells)


Recognizing the work of the West Virginia Behavioral Healthcare Providers Association and the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors in providing for a safe, productive and healthy workforce for the State Of West Virginia.

Whereas, One in five families in the State of West Virginia is directly affected by addiction and approximately 160,000 West Virginia citizens are dependent on alcohol or another drug; and

Whereas, Direct and indirect costs attributable to alcohol and other drug use in West Virginia are $1.86 billion or $1,033 per resident; and

Whereas, The Journal of American Medicine reported in January, 2009, that the rate of fatal overdose from opiate drugs in West Virginia is more than twice that of the national average; and

Whereas, More than half of all of West Virginia's prison inmates were under the influence of drugs or alcohol when they were arrested; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Senate hereby recognizes the work of the West Virginia Behavioral Healthcare Providers Association and the West
Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors in providing for a safe, productive and healthy workforce for the State Of West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate hereby seeks to aid these organizations in obtaining funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 passed by the United States Congress in February of this year; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Governor, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources, the Commissioner of the Division of Corrections, the Chairperson of the West Virginia Behavioral Healthcare Providers Association's Substance Abuse Committee and the President of the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors.

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