Jenkins Fueled Opioid Crisis while Morrisey Tackled Substance Abuse in WV

Harpers Ferry, WV – While Attorney General Patrick Morrisey aggressively tackled the opioid crisis in West Virginia, Rep. Evan Jenkins voted for the now infamous “Marino bill” that is cited for fueling the opioid epidemic.

Last year, Evan Jenkins supported S. 483, also known as the “Marino bill.” Recently, the Washington Post and CBS “60 Minutes” published reports demonstrating that the bill was a tool “to weaken aggressive DEA enforcement efforts against drug distribution companies that were supplying corrupt doctors and pharmacists who peddled narcotics to the black market.”

“If flip-flopping and hypocrisy were Olympic sports, Evan Jenkins would take home the gold medal,” said Morrisey spokesperson Nachama Soloveichik. “Jenkins has changed his position on a slew of important issues, and then tries to cover up his record by throwing mud. Whether it’s his support for abortion, Obamacare, Hillary Clinton, or now, the ‘Marino bill’ that contributed to the opioid crisis, voters aren’t buying it. It’s time for liberal Evan Jenkins to own up to his record.

“In contrast, Attorney General Morrisey has been praised for his tireless work on substance abuse in West Virginia,” Soloveichik added. “Morrisey’s office has tackled the crisis from going after pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers, to implementing educational efforts to deter addiction. That’s why newspapers have said that Morrisey has been the most effective state official in the struggle against drug abuse.”

As Attorney General, Morrisey and his office have launched an aggressive campaign against substance abuse up and down the pharmaceutical supply chain – from manufacturers to wholesalers, to pharmacies, to doctors:

  • Morrisey’s office launched the first ever substance abuse fighting unit in West Virginia
  • Morrisey’s office reached the largest pharmaceutical settlement in state history – $47 million for 12 wholesalers (National Review, 02/14/17)
  • Morrisey’s best practices initiative is recognized around the country (West Virginia Record, 05/17/16) (The Register-Herald, 09/01/16)
  • Morrisey’s office created a new faith-based drug initiative to help ensure there are more substance abuse treatment options in the state (US News, 06/07/17)
  • Morrisey’s office launched the first ever joint-partnership with the Northern District U.S. Attorney’s office which has led to the successful prosecution of many drug dealers (Register-Herald, 02/10/17)
  • Morrisey’s office is leading a 37-state effort to convince insurance companies to change the incentives that encourage doctors to prescribe addictive opioids (The Intelligencer, 09/26/17)
Morrisey has been praised for his aggressive fight against substance abuse:
  • “No state official has been more effective in the struggle against drug abuse. Morrisey’s office has gone after drug companies for their misbehavior.” (The Martinsburg Journal, 10/15/16)
  • “Patrick Morrisey: Leading the state in the fight against drug abuse” (The Exponent Telegram, 06/12/16)
  • “He has been among the most active state officials in battling drug abuse in multiple ways.” (The Inter-Mountain, 09/13/16)
  • “W.Va. attorney general leading crusade against opioid abuse” (Cumberland Times-News, 06/20/16)