Senator Joe Manchin stopped by the Marion County Day Report Center to discuss the state’s drug epidemic.
He said he wants to create new sentencing guidelines for non-violent drug offenders. It would reduce their sentence to a misdemeanor instead of a felony, giving them a better chance at employment.
The director of the day report center stressed the importance of treatment.
Manchin added he also wants to find new options for pain pills, instead of addictive opioids.
“We’ve got to look at different ways now of not going to addictive drugs that we know destroy peoples lives,” said Manchin. “I know it’s big business for big pharmaceuticals, and I’m sorry, but you’re not going to destroy peoples lives and destroy America because of a business plan.”
Senator Manchin is asking constituents to send letters of personal experience with addiction. He will share these on the floor of the senate next week.