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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia

Combating the Drug Epidemic

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Neonatal abstinence syndrome is the name given to newborns suffering from drug withdrawal resulting from the mother’s use of drugs during pregnancy. No baby should be born suffering from withdrawal from heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone and other highly addictive drugs.

Congressman Evan Jenkins is fighting every day to help these newborns and to ensure that they receive the best possible care.

After multiple meetings with doctors, nurses, caregivers, and families, he drafted the Nurturing and Supporting Health Babies Act. This bill will expand what we know about NAS and will make significant strides in guaranteeing the best possible care for babies with NAS. This bill was passed by the House and included in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which was signed into law. Congressman Jenkins has also introduced the Cradle Act which requires guidelines to be put in place to make it easier to open residential pediatric recovery centers, which specialize in the treatment of NAS babies.

Treatment and Recovery

Congressman Evan Jenkins has advocated for increased funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration to ensure that states have the resources necessary to implement much-needed mental health services. He has also championed increased funding for drug courts and veterans treatment courts – programs that work. These courts offer treatment and assistance in getting one’s life back on track.

Congressman Evan Jenkins was a proud supporter of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which was signed into law. This bill will make significant strides to help our communities fight the opioid and heroin epidemic by creating new grant programs that focus on community efforts, getting money to those who know best how to use it. It also has a number of other measures that focus on treatment, recovery and prevention.

Thanks to his work on the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Jenkins was able to secure language that would help keep the focus on Appalachia and West Virginia when securing grant funding for drug abuse programs. Recently Congressman Jenkins voted to increase SAMHSA’s Drug Abuse Prevention by $500 million. In addition to this, Congressman Jenkins has advocated for millions of dollars more in funding to fight the drug crisis and make sure treatment and prevention remain a critical part of our efforts.

Law Enforcement 

Representative Jenkins fought through the appropriations process to increase funding for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), a program that brings together local, state, and federal law enforcement in order to stop the flow of drugs into our communities. HIDTA also works closely with the community to stop drug abuse problems before they begin. Recently, Rep. Jenkins introduced an amendment to increase HIDTA by $2 million, which was adopted on the House floor unanimously. Funding for this program makes a significant difference in law enforcement’s efforts to stop drug trafficking.

Evan also advocated as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to secure funding for the Byrne JAG police grants program. This program allows local law enforcement to use federal grant money in the ways that will best help the community. He will continue to be an advocate for our law enforcement and their efforts to combat the drug epidemic in West Virginia. He also continues to fight for programs that will keep heroin off our streets, like fully funding the heroin task forces and the National Guard counterdrug programs.

More on Combating the Drug Epidemic

July 26, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Through his role on the House Appropriations Committee, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) helped secure $125,897,000 to fight the opioid epidemic and stop the flow of illegal drugs into our county.
The funding is contained in the Homeland Security Appropriations bill, which passed the committee on Wednesday. 
July 12, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has secured $1.3 million to treat neonatal abstinence syndrome, the first time NAS has received line-item funding in an appropriations bill.
July 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has secured a requirement for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make public the number of opioids shipped to states.

Rep. Jenkins’ language securing this requirement is included in the Labor and Health and Human Services appropriations bill, which the House Appropriations Committee is expected to pass later on Wednesday.

Rep. Jenkins fought for this provision after seeing how prescription opioids were shipped and prescribed irresponsibly across West Virginia.

June 19, 2018 Columns

The opioid crisis touches nearly every family in West Virginia, with too many lives lost to the disease of addiction. It’s an issue I hear about every day as your representative in Congress and one we must work together to change.

Here in the U.S. House of Representatives, we’re taking action to stop the spread of fentanyl, help people enter treatment, and ensure opioids are prescribed responsibly. A national crisis requires a national response, and I’ve helped pass more than 30 bills last week as the House focuses in on the opioid epidemic.

June 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The House is taking action to help support grandparents raising grandchildren due to the opioid crisis, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) said.

“These grandparents face the task of caring for young children while navigating a complex child welfare system. Many have little support and are also coping with their adult child’s addiction. We must make it easier for grandparents who love and care for their grandchildren to navigate the system,” Rep. Jenkins said on the House floor.

June 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that he has helped West Virginia secure almost $28 million in federal grant funding to combat the opioid crisis.

Rep. Jenkins has worked with the U.S. Health and Human Services Department and the House Appropriations Committee to ensure that State Opioid Response grant funding goes to the hardest-hit states like West Virginia. He secured language in the March government funding bill to prioritize funding for states like West Virginia.

June 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped secure funding for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas and Drug-Free Communities programs.

The Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill provides $280 million the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, also known as HIDTA. The House Appropriations Committee approved the bill late Wednesday.

June 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that the Senate Finance Committee has passed legislation that includes his bill, the Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies (CRIB) Act.

The CRIB Act is included in the Senate’s Helping to End Addiction and Lessen (HEAL) Substance Use Disorders Act, which the committee approved on Tuesday afternoon.

June 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) praised the U.S. Health and Human Services Department for issuing new Medicaid guidance for states to treat babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, exposure to drugs during pregnancy.

The guidance offers states, hospitals and pediatric residential centers like Lily’s Place more information on best practices and treatments, including what services are covered under Medicaid.

June 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has reintroduced the CRIB Act, his legislation to help expand care programs for drug-exposed newborns.

The Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies (CRIB) Act, H.R. 6004, would build on the best practices of Lily’s Place in Huntington for treating babies born exposed to heroin, opioids and other drugs. It would also make it easier for similar centers to open across the country by cutting regulatory red tape.