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Updated Friday January 12 at 4:18 p.m.

State health officials are proposing a multifaceted plan for confronting the drug crisis killing hundreds of West Virginians each year, one that would require action by everyone from lawmakers to doctors to judges to emergency responders to the general public.

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General
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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says a series of public service announcements is aimed at encouraging state consumers to explore alternatives to opioid prescription pills for pain therapy.

Morrisey unveiled the public service announcements Thursday that will appear in print, radio and social media websites. He says the PSAs also will promote a better understanding of the opioid epidemic.

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President Obama’s administration is doubling down on efforts to reduce prescription opioid and heroin abuse across the nation after two major announcements in the past week.

CDC Issues New Guidelines for Opioid Prescriptions

Mar 16, 2016
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As the rates of drug abuse--and more directly opioid abuse--continue to grow in West Virginia, new federal guidelines could help cut down on the number of prescribed opioids.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released new guidelines for doctors who prescribe opioids for chronic pain. The guidelines advise primary care doctors to cut down on the number of prescriptions of medicines like OxyContin and Percocet and try to find other means to treat the pain—pushing them to look toward more holistic care methods. The guidelines aren’t intended for doctors treating cancer patients or for end-of-life care.

Senator Shelley Moore Capito is joining U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts in teaming to push legislation that would allow patients to request that pharmacists only partially fill opioid prescriptions.

The bill's goal is to help curb the spike in opioid overdose deaths by reducing the number of pills in circulation.