PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A bipartisan effort to save and protect those recovering from addiction passed the U.S. Senate.
It's called Jessie's Law. It's named in honor of a West Virginian named Jessie Grubb. The late woman had been recovering from addiction when she had to undergo surgery for a running injury. The doctors that treated her claim they didn't know she was a recovering addict. She died after being sent home with a prescription fro 50 oxycodone pills. The legislation is aimed at preventing something like this from happening again.
"Jessie's Law goes a little bit farther in terms of being able to help the physicians and the hospital and the patient have a better outcome. The doctors are an important part of this," said Senator Shelley Moore Capito.
The law helps ensure medical professionals have full knowledge of a patient's previous history of addiction when determining treatment.