$10M Return to Fight Substance Abuse
The West Virginia Attorney General's Office sent $10 million to back to the state’s General Fund and Governor’s Office with hopes to spur drug abuse treatment and reduce the backlog of drug tests at the West Virginia State Police crime lab.
The Attorney General's Office believes this $10 million demonstrates his administration’s efforts to help West Virginia fund its battle against prescription drug and heroin abuse, an epidemic killing far too many in the Mountain State.
The Attorney General's Office returned $5 million in March, $2 million in 2015, $9 million in 2014 and $7.5 million in 2013.
24/7 Sobriety Program Proposal
The West Virginia Attorney General's Office sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Trump and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Shott urging them to explore the 24/7 Sobriety Program substance abuse recidivism initiative during the 2016 legislative session.
The office has been examining South Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety Program and its potential benefits for the Mountain State.
South Dakota’s attorney general pioneered the project and administers it to this day. The 24/7 Sobriety Program represents a cutting edge offender-funded, court-monitored initiative that focuses on repeat DUI offenders.
The initiative requires participants to submit routine alcohol breath tests and urine drug screens, while also employing use of the SCRAM ankle bracelet for nonstop monitoring of alcohol intake. Drug patches are used to test for drugs by collecting sweat samples.
The project has had a significant impact in lowering recidivism rates, while also serving the interest of public safety and saving money for states that have adopted the initiative.
To view a copy of the letter: http://1.usa.gov/1QZpMAQ.