April 26, 2011

Wednesday: Manchin Unveils Plan to Combat Drug Abuse

Washington, D.C. — Beginning at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Cabell Huntington Hospital, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will host his second day of events for “Commonsense Solutions” Week, leading a group of community leaders, physicians and members of law enforcement to roll out new federal measures to combat West Virginia’s drug scourge. 

West Virginia has one of the nation’s highest rates of drug overdose deaths, and Senator Manchin will announce his support for commonsense solutions that will protect the state and the nation’s children and families from substance abuse. 

“Prescription drugs and retail drugs such as bath salts and synthetic marijuana are hurting our families and communities. Ignoring this drug abuse epidemic is unacceptable. The social and economic effects are just too high, and the moral costs are even higher,” Senator Manchin said. “We must come together with commonsense solutions to this problem, and I am pleased to support several measures that will make a difference in protecting our children, families and communities from drug abuse.” 

At 4 p.m. tomorrow, Senator Manchin will visit Marshall University to speak to students. 

Senator Manchin launched “Commonsense Solutions” Week today in South Charleston, kicking off a series of events devoted to presenting commonsense solutions that will help solve some of the most pressing challenges facing West Virginia and the country.

As part of “Commonsense Solutions” week, Senator Manchin will travel across West Virginia to introduce a series of new policy proposals and solutions to problems including our nation’s fiscal crisis, high unemployment rates and substance abuse in our communities. 

A public schedule is below: 



Introduction of national drug abuse prevention legislation

When: 10:30 a.m. 

Where: Cabell Huntington Hospital, 1340 Hal Greer Boulevard, Huntington 

What: Senator Manchin will introduce legislation to prevent substance abuse and keep West Virginia youth safe.  

Visit to Marshall University 

When: 4 p.m. 

Where: Marshall University, Smith Hall (1 John Marshall Drive), Room 333, Huntington 

What: Senator Manchin speaks with students at Marshall University


THURSDAY, April 28 

2011 West Virginia Leadership Conference 

When: 9:30 a.m.  

Where: Waterfront Place Hotel, 2 Waterfront Place, Morgantown 

What: Senator Manchin will address the 2011 West Virginia Leadership Conference and unveil new jobs legislation. 

2011 IBEW Fourth District Progress Meeting 

When: 11 a.m.  

Where: Lakeview Golf Resort, One Lakeview Drive, Morgantown

What: Senator Manchin will address the 2011 IBEW Fourth District Progress Meeting and discuss his jobs legislation. 

Visit IBM and Speak with Staff 

When: 2 p.m.   

Where: IBM Hilltop Office Complex, Building 200 (Allegany Ballistics Laboratory), Cafeteria, 310 State Route 956, north of Keyser

What: Senator Manchin will visit IBM, speak with staff and hold a media event to discuss jobs in the area. 


FRIDAY, April 29

Coffee and Common Sense 

When: 9 a.m.   

Where: Becky’s Café, Route 26 Tunnelton Street, Kingwood 

What: Senator Manchin will host “Coffee and Common Sense” with local residents. 


SATURDAY, April 30

Coffee and Common Sense 

When: 9:30 a.m.   

Where: Jerry’s Restaurant, 242 Barrett Street, Grafton  

What: Senator Manchin will host “Coffee and Common Sense” with local residents.