Governor expected to veto budget bill

The budget bill (HB 101) passed by lawmakers during the recent special session of the WV Legislature June 2 is expected to be vetoed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.  The bill calls for $182.6 million of the State's "rainy day" reserve fund and $62.4 million in one-time sweeps from various accounts to [Read more...]

Opioid prescribing falls: WV greatest drop

The number of opioid prescriptions has fallen across the U. S. and in West Virginia over the past three years, slowing the nearly two-decade rise of narcotic painkillers, which still kill more Americans each year than any other drug. According to IMS Health, a global health information and [Read more...]

High blood pressure education

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major contributor to heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the United States.   High blood pressure affects one third of U. S. adults, or approximately 75 million persons, yet approximately 11 million of these persons are not aware they have [Read more...]

Opioid bills pass House of Representatives

A package of bills that passed the House of Representatives in mid-May serve to primarily set up a new federal task force to update best practices for pain management and establish a program at the Department of Justice to fund substance abuse programs in the states. House lawmakers are set to [Read more...]