Wednesday, March 30, 2016

West Virginia governor signs 2 substance abuse bills

(AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has approved two bills that address West Virginia's substance abuse problem.

The Governor signed bills Tuesday dealing with regulation of opioid treatment clinics and availability of life-saving opioid overdose medication.

One measure will regulate Suboxone and methadone clinics, which use medication-based treatment for opioids. It will require clinics to be licensed and to offer counseling.

The other law will make the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, known by the brand name Narcan, available without a prescription. Last year, Tomblin signed a bill letting first responders carry naloxone.

Tomblin introduced the bills, and the Republican-led Legislature passed them.