Senator Manchin is working to fight the prescription drug epidemic in West Virginia and across the country. In August 2014, the DEA changed Hydrocodone-combination drugs to schedule two classification.
Since then about 26 million fewer opioid prescriptions have been issued.
Ted Offut, director of the Marion County Day Report Center, said it comes with a price.
“That’s a help, but unfortunately, those people will go to heroin because they can no longer get the prescription and the heroin is on the street,” said Offutt.
Offutt added that closed pain clinics in West Virginia often lead addicts to find opioids in other states.