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May 25, 2016

Manchin's Act turns pennies into gold | Beckley Register Herald

by Editorial

There is a pit bull terrier hounding the opioid drug overdose epidemic in this country and his name is Joe Manchin. Luckily for us here in West Virginia, he is our U.S. senator. Manchin, who has studied the issue as closely as any politician in DC, is now pushing something called the LifeBOAT (Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment) Act, which establishes a penny fee on each milligram of active opioid ingredient in a prescription pain pill. The tax would be used to provide and expand access … Continue Reading


May 09, 2016

Not giving up on southern WV | Charleston Gazette-Mail

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has been pushing and promoting a series of job fairs around the state. The fourth was in Logan on Friday, where a long trail of cars wound their way to Chief Logan Lodge, and hundreds of people gathered to learn about opportunities with about 135 employers. Among the employers were Amazon, Toyota, Gestamp, Constellium Rolled Products, Frontier, healthcare companies and several branches of the U.S. military. As staff writer Andrew Brown recounted, people who have been … Continue Reading


April 23, 2016

Pickens Students Skype with Sen. Manchin | Elkins Inter Mountain

by Brooke Binns

PICKENS - Students at Pickens School were able to participate in a live, online chat with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III. Students in grades six through 12 participated in the Skype chat with Manchin, and were able to ask questions about various current policy issues. In a press release Senator Manchin said, "The students asked excellent questions, and we had a dynamic conversation about taxes, our nation's debt and how I'm working to create jobs in West Virginia. I always look forward to my … Continue Reading


April 21, 2016

Manchin hoping for success with more focused mine safety bill | Charleston Gazette-Mail

by Ken Ward Jr.

Sen. Joe Manchin is working on a more narrow mine safety bill that would focus only on increasing the prison time and fines for anyone convicted of criminal safety and health violations like those involved in the case against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Manchin, D-W.Va., said that he still supports the passage of the entire Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Act that he co-sponsored, but that he's trying to find a way around "congressional gridlock" that he says has hampered that bill's … Continue Reading


April 14, 2016

Manchin Skypes with students | The Journal

by Katiann Marshall

CHARLES TOWN-Washington High School's Careers of Education class Skyped with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. on Wednesday morning. The Careers of Education class at the school is for any student who is interested in any aspect of a career in education, such as administration, counseling, teaching, etc. Seniors Kristin Williams, Kylee Cook, Kristy Rodgers, Carmen Rodgers, Kayla Barnes, Haelly Ramirez and Jacob Shuff, along with juniors Brooke Smoot and Allison Schwartz, were the nine students who … Continue Reading


April 13, 2016

Manchin to introduce new legislation following Jessie Grubb death | WV Metro News

by Carrie Hodousek

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says he plans to introduce new legislation called "Jessie's Law" in connection to the death of Jessica Grubb, of Charleston, who died last month after a seven year battle of heroin addiction. Grubb, 30, who was clean for six months, died Mar. 2 in Michigan after being given pain killers following a hip surgery. The cause of her death is unknown pending an autopsy. Doctors claim they were unaware of her drug addiction and gave her 50 OxyContin … Continue Reading


April 07, 2016

Manchin speaks via Skype with Harman Students | Elkins Inter Mountain

by By Chris Lee

HARMAN - Students at Harman School communicated with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., via video-conference Wednesday, as part of the senator's weekly session with high school and college students around the state. Manchin answered five questions formulated by the students, which delved into state and national policy issues such as the future of coal, the development of Corridor H and medical marijuana reform. He also touched on local issues, such as Harman School obtaining SBA funds to … Continue Reading


March 22, 2016

Manchin, VA hospital staff discuss drug abuse among vets | The Exponent Telegram

by Jim Davis

CLARKSBURG - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., met Monday with staff at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center about drug abuse among military veterans. The discussion focused on prescription pain relievers that can become addictive, Manchin told reporters after the meeting at the Clarksburg hospital. "The big concern we have is the amount of narcotics and opiates on the market today, and they're everywhere," Manchin said. "A lot of our veterans come back (from the service) with … Continue Reading


March 17, 2016

Manchin speaks via Skype with PHS class | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG - Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., spoke Wednesday to a Parkersburg High School government class via Skype, answering student-prepared questions on a variety of topics. The video session happened around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and lasted about half an hour. Manchin spoke to students in teacher David Woody's Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics class, as well as students from his other classes who were invited to attend. Last fall, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., spoke to … Continue Reading


March 11, 2016

Lawmakers praise passage of bill aiding battle against growing opioid epidemic | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

CHARLESTON - Calling the problem a "national emergency," Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) said passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is a "good first step" in tackling a growing crisis. The bill passed by an overwhelming margin, 94-1, in the Senate Thursday, and earmarks more than $300 million over five years in federal grants to state and local programs aimed at strengthening treatment for addicts and expanding prevention efforts. Capito said Thursday afternoon … Continue Reading


March 04, 2016

Thousands turn out for employment fair in Fairmont | Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

FAIRMONT - Thousands of people either looking for employment or a career change gathered in Fairmont on Friday for a job and resource fair. The job fair was the first of eight such events that U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is planning across the state. The event at the I-79 Technology Park began at 11 a.m., and people were lining up outside the Robert H. Mollohan Research Building at 9 a.m., said Manchin, D-W.Va. "If this is any indication of what's going on around the state and what's … Continue Reading


March 04, 2016

Federal legislation aimed at combating opioid addiction | Huntington Herald Dispatch

by By TAYLOR STUCK

HUNTINGTON - West Virginia lawmakers in Washington say the U.S. Senate is expected to pass a comprehensive bill addressing heroin and opioid addiction across the country. The Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act of 2016 would create an interagency task force to craft best practices for prescribing medications that contain opioids and grant federal officials the authority to make drug policy prevention-driven rather than punishment-focused, including funding for drug courts and long-term … Continue Reading


March 02, 2016

UMWA, Ohio and West Virginia Senators Fight for Retiree Benefits | Wheeling Intelligencer

by Casey Junkins

MARTINS FERRY - Partially due to a depressed coal market and recent bankruptcies - as well as new technologies that allow companies to extract the mineral with far fewer employees than they once needed - the pensions for thousands of retired coal miners hang in the balance as U.S. senators consider the Miners Protection Act. On Tuesday, United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts testified in Washington, D.C., before the Senate Finance Committee on the matter. He also met with … Continue Reading


February 22, 2016

Manchin hosts roundtable | Logan Banner

by Owen Wells

LOGAN, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin made the rounds in southern W.Va. Friday Feb. 19 conducting meetings with community and business leaders as well as constituents in Mingo, Logan and Boone counties. In Logan, Manchin addressed a crowded room in the Logan County Commission building concerning the states economic future. Manchin started the meeting with a reminder his office is open if citizens need help. "We're a facilitator. What I do and what our job is, if you have somebody that … Continue Reading


February 22, 2016

Tragic tales of pain pill addiction | Charleston Gazette-Mail

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Everyone knows that West Virginia has America's worst rate of opioid overdose deaths. President Obama came to Charleston to spotlight the deadly pain pill menace. Police and health departments frantically seek safeguards, and administer naloxone to save some victims. To show the reality, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has been reading victim letters on the floor of the U.S. Senate in Washington. The first was from a young Beckley teacher who said her mother's painkiller addiction wrecked the … Continue Reading


February 11, 2016

Manchin continues filibuster with letter from another addict's daughter | Beckley Register Herald

by Misty Poe

FAIRMONT - There isn't a day that goes by when Kylie doesn't think about her father. At the end of the month, it will be nine years since she last saw her father. Kylie was a junior in high school at the time in Clarksburg, but she stayed home from school that day. Her father had been going through drug withdrawals, and when she woke up at about 10 a.m. that morning, Kylie found him dead. "He'd found drugs and overdosed while I was asleep, leaving me there to find him," Kylie wrote in a … Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Manchin: Culture change needed in FDA | Times West Virginian

by Misty Poe

FAIRMONT - There isn't a day that goes by when Kylie doesn't think about her father. At the end of the month, it will be nine years since she last saw her father. Kylie was a junior in high school at the time in Clarksburg, but she stayed home from school that day. Her father had been going through drug withdrawals, and when she woke up at about 10 a.m. that morning, Kylie found him dead. "He'd found drugs and overdosed while I was asleep, leaving me there to find him," Kylie wrote in a … Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Sen. Manchin takes West Virginia's drug problem to Senate floor | Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by Brittany Murray

CLARKSBURG - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., went to the Senate floor Tuesday to read two letters from West Virginians who had been personally impacted by the opioid epidemic. "We're getting these by the hundreds," Manchin said. "I'm hoping that as we share the West Virginia stories, every other senator is taking a look at their own state. People are losing their parents, their home life, their spouse and their loved ones. It strips you of everything you've got." One letter, written by a … Continue Reading


February 04, 2016

Manchin reads local teacher's letter on drugs' impact on her life to Senate | Beckley Register-Herald

by Daniel Tyson

Haley Pettus was teaching English to a group of high schoolers in Beckley at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. At the same time, more than 300 miles away, Sen. Joe Manchin, D, stood in the well of the U.S. Senate, reading a letter his office received recently. A letter detailing one child's struggle to live with a mother strung out on pain killers, everything from Xanax and Lortab to oxycodone. "My mom's one true love was Xanax and I would always come after it, no matter what," the first paragraph … Continue Reading


January 31, 2016

Drug Epidemic: Reclassification Making a Difference | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

When the federal government finally took long-overdue action in late 2014 to reschedule the highly addictive hydrocodone-combination drugs from schedule III to schedule II narcotics, the hope at the time was that the change would play a significant role in curbing opioid abuse. And the change is helping, according to new report released last week. The study found that the number of opioid prescriptions in the nation has been reduced by 26.3 million, or 1.1 billion tablets, since the approval … Continue Reading

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