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Sen. Joe Manchin: Time for a new 'war on drugs' to tackle opioids

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) says that while the government has "moved the needle more than ever before in the last couple of years" in addressing the opioid crisis, there is much more the government can do. "Most things are educational," he notes.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) says that while the government has "moved the needle more than ever before in the last couple of years" in addressing the opioid crisis, there is much more the government can do. "Most things are educational," he notes. "[When] talking about smoking cessation or using seat belts, we start in the schools educating at very young ages. We're going to have to do the same [with opioids]." He also emphasizes the importance of treatment for those dealing with addiction. Manchin has come out with legislation that asks for a one-cent fee on every milligram of opiates that are produced and sold in America. "That would give us a perfect funding stream," he states. "They tell me that's $1.5 to $2 billion a year that goes into treatment centers only. That gives us a chance to start treating and getting people clean again." Manchin also supports the Clean Start Act. "If you go through a 1-year program, and passed that program and become clean, then you have another year of mentoring other people. After that, you’re able to get the people that sponsored you before your sentencing judge and arresting officer," he says. "You plead your case of what you've been able to accomplish in a 2-year period."

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