“W.Va. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin introduced 2 bills in the U.S. Senate on Friday that will help people recover from drug addiction and live reformed lives.
A new bill introduced by Senator Manchin is the Clean Start Act, which will give recovering addicts who committed nonviolent federal offenses because of their addictions a “clean start” and a chance to build a sober lifestyle, free of a criminal record, if they complete a yearlong drug treatment program.
The LifeBOAT Act would establish a permanent funding stream to provide and expand access to substance abuse treatment across the U.S.
It would establish a 1 cent stewardship fee on each milligram of active opioid ingredient in a prescription pain pill to fund efforts to provide and expand access to substance abuse treatment. The bill also includes a rebate program for cancer-related pain and hospice care, and exempts drugs used exclusively for the treatment of opioid addiction.”
Source: The Parkersburg West Virginia News Center – March 3, 2017