Hillary Clinton this week said she supports a plan by Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to levy a tax on prescription opioids. Manchin says the tax would raise up to $2 billion annually, which would be used to expand access to opioid addiction treatment.
West Virginia has the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the nation, CNN reports.
According to Manchin’s website, of the 628 drug overdose deaths in the state in 2014, most were linked to prescription drugs; 199 were oxycodone-related, while 133 were attributed to hydrocodone.
Earlier this year, Manchin proposed a tax of one cent for each milligram of active opioid ingredient in a prescription pain pill to be paid by the manufacturer or importer. The tax funds would be distributed to states as part of a drug prevention block grant program.