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Manchin and Capito Introduce Jessie's Law

Manchin / Capito

Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito introduced Jessie’s Law Wednesday.

The legislation is inspired by Jessie Grubb. Jessie’s father David Grubb shared Jessie’s story of heroin addiction with President Barack Obama when the President visited Charleston in October. The President was in West Virginia to host a town hall discussion about the opioid epidemic.

Jessie passed away earlier this year when she was prescribed opioids after having surgery. The new legislations would ensure that medical professionals have full knowledge of their patient’s previous opioid addiction history when consent is given. David Grubb joined Manchin and Capito on a conference call announcing the legislation. Grubb said the new legislation would make sure the addiction history is prominently displayed in the medical records and not buried a couple pages in. 

"If he had known, he would not have prescribed oxycodone, he would not have done that and I think that’s the tragedy here," Grubb said. "So we’re hoping that this, that Jessie’s life can have meaning in the sense that it will save lives in the future and I think Jessie would think that was pretty good, pretty cool."

 Manchin and Capito hope to get the legislation passed before the end of the year. 

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