Rahall Pushes for Prescription Drug Enforcement Bill

Rep. Nick Rahall sees an “epidemic” looming over Southern West Virginia. He is currently seeking to introduce a bill known as the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act which is hopes to enhance monitoring for painkillers and a practice known as “doctor shopping”, where patients seek out multiple doctors to write them prescriptions for painkillers and then sell them for profit.

Currently, no meetings have been scheduled to hear the proposed bill, but Rahall plans to continue to push for its passage. “I remain committed to the fight in Washington for our law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve and protect to ensure the federal role is strengthened,” said Rahall in a public statement.

Drug enforcement has captivated the statewide media recently and acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is expected to name members of a special statewide drug task force in the coming weeks. State Senator Richard Browning, D-Wyoming, sought such a task force and is pleased to hear of its approval by the Governor. In Beckley, Tomblin told an audience last week that prescription drugs are the biggest societal threat in southern West Virginia, while other parts of the state struggle more with methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine.

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Posted on July 10, 2011, in Candidates and Officials, Legislation, News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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