State of West Virginia Archives: on Drugs


Earl Ray Tomblin: If you get high, you won't get hired--Drugs aren't working

For over 40 years this country has wrestled with drug abuse. This is more than a social problem, it's an economic problem. Too many people who can't pass a drug test go somewhere else--somewhere where they don't test--somewhere where it doesn't matter.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to W.V. Legislature Feb 13, 2013

Earl Ray Tomblin: Substance abuse re-offenders cause prison overcrowding

It's no secret that West Virginia's correctional system is overextended. Statistics now show the number of people in our prisons is increasing at three times the national average. Last year, I brought together State and local leaders and research professionals as part of an effort to find a solution to our outdated and overcrowded prison system.

The Council of State Governments has succeeded in increasing public safety and reducing recidivism in states like Texas, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. I asked them to help me construct a plan--keeping public safety as our number one priority. What we learned was simple: substance abuse is a huge part of prison overcrowding, and the high re-offending rate intensifies the problem.

We must act now to address these challenges. We must work to increase public safety and reduce habitual offenders. Their recommendations are projected to save the State of West Virginia over $116 million over the next six years while making West Virginia a safer place.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to W.V. Legislature Feb 13, 2013

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