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Senator Manchin Releases Report on State Impact of Opioids

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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin released a report today detailing the impact the opioid crisis has had on his state. 

In the intro, Manchin said the goal of the report is to bring more attention to the negative and pervasive effects of opioids on the state.

His report condenses data primarily gathered from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, and tries to highlights impacts on every stage of life. Neonatal abstinence syndrome, for example, has increased by 300% from 1999 to 2013. 85 percent of children currently in West Virginia’s foster care system were removed due to substance use or related issues. And in 2014, 42,000 West Virginias sought treatment for illegal drug use, but failed to receive it.

The report also highlighted the opioid crisis’ impact on West Virginia’s economy and workforce. 

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