Lawmakers Outline Legislation to Limit First-Time Opioid Prescriptions

Jan 17, 2018

On The Legislature Today, we bring you a special focus on West Virginia’s opioid epidemic. First, we take you to the small town of Kermit where the tragic toll of the epidemic has weighed heavily on residents, and then, host Andrea Lannom chats with two lawmakers who outline legislation addressing the issue on multiple fronts.

Kermit, in Mingo County, was the first town in the country to file suit against large pharmaceutical companies for flooding their community with opioids. Reporter Jessica Lilly brings us this story.

House Health & Human Resources Committee Chairman Del. Joe Ellington and Sen. Ron Stollings, a member of the Senate Health & Human Resources Committee, join host Andrea Lannom to discuss epidemic and the legislation to combat it. Both Ellington and Stollings are also physicians.

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