Earl Ray Tomblin on Drugs
Source: 2013 State of the State Address to W.V. Legislature , Feb 13, 2013
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.
Solving our drug problems is not just about increasing criminal penalties. I have learned that we must use technology to fight our drug problems and enhance enforcement. We must use our prescription monitoring program so that when an abuser tries to doctor or pharmacy shop, we stop it.
I will require that individuals pass a drug screening prior to enrolling in our state's taxpayer funded workforce training programs. Now is the time to get serious about ending drug abuse and addiction.
Focusing on this issue from a local level gives any West Virginian who wants to help address this problem an opportunity to do so. We will improve the statewide continuum of care for substance abuse, and coordinate efforts to increase both public & private support of substance abuse initiatives.
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