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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

January 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has led a bipartisan letter asking President Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services to prioritize treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome is the diagnosis for newborns born exposed to opioids or other drugs during pregnancy. It is estimated that nearly 5 percent of newborns in West Virginia are born with NAS.

January 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) will serve on the following subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee during the 115th Congress:

January 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has been named again to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, the powerful committee that sets the budget for all federal agencies and departments.

Rep. Jenkins served on the committee during the 114th Congress. Subcommittee assignments are expected to be announced later this month.

January 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) was sworn in today for his second term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I am humbled and honored to have the trust of the people of the Third Congressional District of West Virginia and to be their voice in Congress. Over the next two years, the people’s voices will be heard loud and clear in Washington as we reject the policies of the past eight years. I look forward to working with our new president, Donald Trump, to bring hope and jobs back to our state and nation. 

December 13, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) said today that the 21st Century Cures Act, which President Obama signed into law Tuesday afternoon, will make a real difference in West Virginia’s fight against the drug crisis.

September 7, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped secure a federal grant of $125,000 for the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership to continue its important work to prevent youth substance abuse.

The grant was awarded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Drug-Free Communities Program. Rep. Jenkins worked with the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership and the Office of National Drug Control Policy to help secure this grant.

July 13, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.), the Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act, is on its way to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

The Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act is included in a bipartisan package of bills addressing the opioid crisis, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The House passed the bill, known as CARA, last week, and the Senate passed it tonight.

July 8, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.), the Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act, is another step closer to becoming law. This legislation would improve care for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, exposure to opioids during pregnancy.

July 8, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) successfully secured an additional $2 million in funding for the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, which works with local law enforcement to combat the drug epidemic.

Rep. Jenkins offered his amendment during floor debate on the Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. His amendment passed unanimously, and the bill passed late Thursday night 239-185.

June 9, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) is fighting to prevent the president from cutting more than $60 million in funding for anti-drug programs.

Through his role on the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Jenkins advocated to increase funding for the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas and Drug-Free Communities programs – programs the president proposed cutting by $65.5 million.