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Introduced Version Senate Resolution 48 History

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SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 48

(By Senators Kessler (Mr. President), Unger, Yost, Stollings, Jenkins, McCabe, Fitzsimmons, Cookman, Plymale and Prezioso)

 

Recognizing the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors and West Virginia Certification Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals for their commitment to ending substance abuse.

    Whereas, Working towards a healthy and productive West Virginian citizenry is of crucial importance; and

    Whereas, West Virginia has one of the highest drug prescription rate and the highest per-capita overdose death rate in the nation, with ninety percent of those deaths involving prescription drugs; and

    Whereas, West Virginia faces other pronounced drug problems, such as methamphetamine abuse and manufacturing and marijuana consumption and cultivation; and

    Whereas, Substance abuse costs West Virginia millions of dollars each year, particularly the criminal justice, education and social services systems; and

    Whereas, Substance abuse has a significant, negative impact on the job force because the perception of substance abuse problems dissuades potential employers from locating to West Virginia and current employees with substance abuse problems endanger themselves, their coworkers and their places of employment; and

    Whereas, Persons who abuse substances can be rehabilitated through proper treatment and become healthy, productive citizens; and

    Whereas, Treatment is more effective and less costly than cycling substance abusers through the criminal justice system; and

    Whereas, The costs associated with substance abuse can be avoided with action and education that prevents persons at risk from becoming addicted to substances; and

    Whereas, The West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Inc., and the dozens of other programs and organizations aimed at preventing, treating and informing about substance abuse are critical to combating the great threat substance abuse poses to the people of West Virginia; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate:

    That the Senate hereby recognizes the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors and West Virginia Certification Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals for their commitment to ending substance abuse; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Senate invites all members of the West Virginia Legislature and all citizens of West Virginia to join in recognizing the value and importance of the agencies and organizations working to end substance abuse in West Virginia; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate representatives at the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors and West Virginia Certification Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals.

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