Senator Manchin Holds Discussion on Veteran Drug Addiction

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Area VA hospitals are giving their input on how to help prevent drug addictions in veterans.

Senator Joe Manchin was at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical center in Clarksburg on Monday afternoon to hear from doctors and health care professionals about how to address the issue.

They discussed several alternative treatments for pain and stricter restrictions on prescribing pain medication.

Senator Manchin wants to take this information to the Veterans Administration to use our state as an example for others.

“Why don’t you think about using West Virginia as your pilot project? We’re close enough in proximity. We can show you that we can get a person that might have come out of the service addicted off of this and wean them off of it,” said Senator Manchin. “We can also with your help not get a person on that by not having to go to prescription.”

He also expressed a need for more education for both doctors and patients on the effects of opioids when used for treatment. 

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