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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2018 


Trump clashes with Democrats and threatens a government shutdown if he doesn’t get his border wall. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Lawmakers agree on an $867-billion Farm Bill; and a new report finds private community correction centers failing to rehabilitate people who live there.

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Public News Service - WV: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

He's clean now, but not long ago, Jasen Edwards says he spent $21,000 on pain pills in 11 days. (Jasen Edwards)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Jasen Edwards is a coal miner who beat a $1,000-a-day pain pill habit - he says, just by knowing he wanted something better. Edwards lost a leg in a mine accident that introduced him to Oxycontin. He said within a couple of years he had lost everything, and was living in

State officials say West Virginia needs to increase support for families before they end up in crisis. (Bess-Hamiti/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Driven by the drug crisis, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is preparing a package of changes to child-welfare policies. The number of children taken into state custody has risen by about 50 percent since 2014. DHHR Deputy Secretary Jeremiah Samp

Former addicts in West Virginia say making it easier for reformed felons to receive public benefits would help them stay free of drugs. (lechenie-narkomanii/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Reformed drug felons in West Virginia are blocked from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and some want the Legislature to fix that. West Virginia is one of only three states that has a lifetime SNAP ban for anyone convicted of a drug-related felony. That a

Despite being a congressional candidate, Carol Miller has almost entirely avoided answering questions from reporters. (Carol for Congress)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – This week, Delegate Carol Miller, a candidate for Congress in West Virginia's Third District publicly answered charges that she is profiting from a company that distributes prescription painkillers in southern West Virginia. Miller's opponent, state Senator Richard Ojeda,

South Charleston firefighters say they are called out to revive people who have overdosed nearly every day now. (SCFD)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A South Charleston firefighter says they're getting opioid overdose calls nearly every day. But, he said they have no place to send survivors who want to get clean. People in the trenches of the opioid battle have long said the state lacks enough long-term, residential su

Research confirms that not having a good childhood can have a lifelong impact on mental and physical health. (Pixabay/Rudy Anderson)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Childhood trauma is a public health problem, but we can build resilience to its effects - that's the message planned for Wednesday morning's keynote address at the spring conference of the National Association of Social Workers, in West Virginia. Research continues to con

A study found more than half of all West Virginia veterans reported serious symptoms of PTSD or depression. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On Friday in Charleston, a WVU professor will be teaching a method veterans can use by themselves to deal with traumatic memories. Betsy Kent says about three quarters of her private practice deals with post traumatic stress and similar issues, often with veterans and the

Some recovering opioid users in West Virginia say the treatment they get through Medicaid is all that's keeping them from an addiction that could kill them. (3/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One of the big issues in the current healthcare debate is what will happen to Medicaid support for substance abuse treatment. Some in West Virginia say they're afraid losing it could kill them. Bailey Hendricks is a single mother from St. Albans, and a recovering opioid addict.

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