Rahall, Rockefeller to host prescription drug abuse discussions - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

Rahall, Rockefeller to host prescription drug abuse discussions

Posted:
WASHINGTON (WVVA) - Two West Virginia lawmakers will convene a pair of roundtable discussions this week to highlight the state's efforts to battle prescription drug abuse.
 
Democrats U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall and Sen. Jay Rockefeller will host the sessions on Thursday -- first in Huntington, then in Charleston.
 
The lawmakers will be joined by White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Gil Kerlikowske for an in depth conversation with federal, state and local officials on efforts to address the investigation, interdiction and prosecutorial challenges of prescription drug abuse and trafficking in the state and region, and to identify where and how Federal resources might be helpful, according to a news release.
 
The Huntington roundtable will include discussion of ONDCP collaboration with states in support of communities' efforts to address doctor shopping and pill mills; Federal support for drug law enforcement task forces by improving intelligence exchange and information sharing; and, partnering with local law enforcement agencies for training initiatives. Panelists, including U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, will discuss efforts underway and the resources needed to address the crisis in the region.
 
In Charleston, Rahall, Rockefeller and Kerlikowske will meet with health care providers, policy experts and family representatives to discuss the critical need for greater access to substance abuse and mental health treatment programs.
 
The Huntington event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Forensics Science Center on the campus of Marshall University.
 
The Charleston event follows at 2 p.m. at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Pharmacy on the campus of the University of Charleston.
 
The news release states that Rahall and Rockefeller have been active and vocal in pressing for solutions and policy changes at the Federal level to combat the growing prescription drug abuse epidemic in West Virginia.
 
Last week, Rahall, who is a co-chairman of the Congressional Prescription Drug Abuse Caucus, and Rockefeller, introduced companion legislation, the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, a multifaceted approach to addressing the unsafe use of prescription pain killers, which the lawmakers first introduced in 2011 to help decrease the number of opioid and methadone-related deaths in West Virginia.
 
Rahall recently announced that the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) would provide training for West Virginia law enforcement professionals and prosecuting attorneys on prescription drug diversion, interdiction and investigative strategies, and Rockefeller has cosponsored legislation to support construction of new behavioral clinics for substance abuse and mental health treatment in West Virginia.
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Persons of Interest Sought in Triple Shooting

    Persons of Interest Sought in Triple Shooting

    Beckley (WVVA) -- Police now say they have persons of interest after a triple shooting in Beckley...More >>
    Beckley (WVVA) -- Police now say they have persons of interest after a triple shooting in Beckley...More >>
  • Suicide Prevention Walk Scheduled for This Week

    Suicide Prevention Walk Scheduled for This Week

    BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- The 5th annual Out of the Darkness Walk is scheduled for September 6, 2014 in Bluefield, WV. Out of the Darkness is an organization that devotes their time to suicide prevention, awareness and education.It is free to register. Registration will be on the day of the event from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. There will be entertainment until the walk begins at 6:30 p.m.More >>
    BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- The 5th annual Out of the Darkness Walk is scheduled for September 6, 2014 in Bluefield, WV. Out of the Darkness is an organization that devotes their time to suicide prevention, awareness and education.It is free to register. Registration will be on the day of the event from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. There will be entertainment until the walk begins at 6:30 p.m.More >>
  • Organizers say the Lemonade Festival has been successful

    Organizers say the Lemonade Festival has been successful

    BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- The Lemonade Festival wrapped up on Saturday, August 30th. The two day event offered an array of options for entertainment. From live music, to a parade, shopping and much more there was something for everyone. Organizers say this year's event was more successful than last.Lemonade Festival Chair Person, Kelly Knowles says, "It's amazing, a night and day difference between the way the street looks this year and what it looked like last year. So, I think it's important to get...More >>
    BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- The Lemonade Festival wrapped up on Saturday, August 30th. The two day event offered an array of options for entertainment. From live music, to a parade, shopping and much more there was something for everyone. Organizers say this year's event was more successful than last.Lemonade Festival Chair Person, Kelly Knowles says, "It's amazing, a night and day difference between the way the street looks this year and what it looked like last year. So, I think it's important to get...More >>
  • Senior Alert Issued in Frederick Co. VA

    Senior Alert Issued in Frederick Co. VA

    FREDERICK CO. (WVVA)- The Virginia State Police have issued a senior alert on behalf of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.According to a press release, Frederick Sheriff's Deputies are searching for Sandra Lee Starr, 72. Starr was last seen on August 29, 2014 at Hilltop House Assisted Living Center in Frederick County. She is said to be 5'4", weighing 100 lbs, with blue eyes and gray hair.The press release states, "The missing senior suffers from a cognitive impairment and the disappearan...More >>
    FREDERICK CO. (WVVA)- The Virginia State Police have issued a senior alert on behalf of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.According to a press release, Frederick Sheriff's Deputies are searching for Sandra Lee Starr, 72. Starr was last seen on August 29, 2014 at Hilltop House Assisted Living Center in Frederick County. She is said to be 5'4", weighing 100 lbs, with blue eyes and gray hair.The press release states, "The missing senior suffers from a cognitive impairment and the disappearan...More >>
  • Highway dedicated to fallen soldier

    Highway dedicated to fallen soldier

    HINTON, WV (WVVA) -On October 23, 1983 more than 200 American soldiers lost their lives in a bombing in Beirut, Lebanon."A terrorist drove a truck laden with 20,000 pounds of propane gas which killed 220 marines, 18 sailors, and 3 army soldiers." Retired Marine Sergeant Malcom Howell remembers vividly the day that a suicide bomber drove right into a building with his best friend inside.Sergeant Mecot Camara was one of the 241 killed. Thirty years later, a highway in his home town is being ded...More >>
    HINTON, WV (WVVA) -On October 23, 1983 more than 200 American soldiers lost their lives in a bombing in Beirut, Lebanon."A terrorist drove a truck laden with 20,000 pounds of propane gas which killed 220 marines, 18 sailors, and 3 army soldiers." Retired Marine Sergeant Malcom Howell remembers vividly the day that a suicide bomber drove right into a building with his best friend inside.Sergeant Mecot Camara was one of the 241 killed. Thirty years later, a highway in his home town is being ded...More >>
  • Teachers at North Tazewell Elementary take the 'ice bucket challenge'

    Teachers at North Tazewell Elementary take the 'ice bucket challenge'

    NORTH TAZEWELL (WVVA) Teachers at North Tazewell Elementary School decided to take the 'ice bucket challenge. More than 20 teachers and staff took part in the challenge Friday...More >>
    NORTH TAZEWELL (WVVA) Teachers at North Tazewell Elementary School decided to take the 'ice bucket challenge. More than 20 teachers and staff took part in the challenge Friday...More >>
  • Firefighter injured in Greenbrier Co. now recovering

    Firefighter injured in Greenbrier Co. now recovering

    A firefighter is recovering at home after being life flighted out on Monday.  The Smoot Volunteer Fire Department in Greenbrier County says one of its men went out to fuel up the truck Monday evening...More >>
    A firefighter is recovering at home after being life flighted out on Monday.  The Smoot Volunteer Fire Department in Greenbrier County says one of its men went out to fuel up the truck Monday evening...More >>
  • WV educational leaders address business summit

    WV educational leaders address business summit

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (WVVA) -Common Core, technology, and dropouts were some of the most controversial topics educators discussed Friday at The Greenbrier Resort.The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce wrapped up its annual summit, but not before those attending heard from the state's educational leaders.The education symposium consisted of a panel of experts in education within the state, from the Board of Education President, Gayle Manchin, to the new superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano and...More >>
    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (WVVA) -Common Core, technology, and dropouts were some of the most controversial topics educators discussed Friday at The Greenbrier Resort.The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce wrapped up its annual summit, but not before those attending heard from the state's educational leaders.The education symposium consisted of a panel of experts in education within the state, from the Board of Education President, Gayle Manchin, to the new superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano and...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WVVA.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Audrey Sluss at (304) 324-0659. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.