Roadside Drug Testing Proposed In West Virginia

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The nation's highest state with drug overdoses, West Virginia has proposed changing state law to have drug testing added to its alcohol roadside screening. Those with a drug addiction should contact a professional detox center like Harbor Village and get the 24/7 medically supervised assistance needed for recovery.

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“Those experiencing the harmful effects of drug abuse can lose their family, job, home and material possessions. Now with roadside drug testing on the horizon, a drug abuser can face serious legal consequences,” said Robert Niznik, Harbor Village CEO.

According to the Associated Press (2/17), West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing changing state law to allow police officers the legal right to test drivers for drugs, just as they test them for alcohol. Currently, the laws in West Virginia allow only for alcohol testing, but the new legislation proposed, would permit police to test drivers for drugs.

In West Virginia, drugged driving problem is very significant. One in ten adults in the state have a drug problem and the testing would help authorities bring abusers to justice. About 1,000 drivers or 10% of those arrested for DUI, were arrested throughout the state last year on suspicion of drugged driving. Many of these drug abusers would have benefited by receiving the type of professional care provided by Harbor Village, a premier detox center located in Miami, Florida.

Located in a beautiful setting, Harbor Village enables each client to experience 24/7 medically supervised detoxification in an upscale, state-of-the art environment. From day one, each client experiences luxury accommodations including a beautifully furnished suite complete with television and headphones, an acre of scenic outdoor lounge area, salon, spa and massage services, acupuncture treatment, nutritious, gourmet dining and a personalized program designed for each client's specific problem.

Bob Tipton, the state’s director of highway safety, announced that certain officers will receive training to learn how to administer examinations by testing vitals such as pulse rate and blood pressure as well as pupil dilation. If the officer determines that the driver is operating his/her vehicle under the influence of drugs, they could proceed to additional testing involving urine and blood samples.

As West Virginia's state governor tries to make it more difficult on drug abusers by proposing new legislation, we are reminded how drug abuse can lead to many poor and sometimes tragic consequences for those who suffer from a chemical dependency.

“Those experiencing the harmful effects of drug abuse can lose their family, job, home and material possessions. Now with roadside drug testing on the horizon, a drug abuser can face serious legal consequences,” said Robert Niznik, Harbor Village CEO.

For more information, visit: http://harborvillageflorida.com/ or call the 24/7 hotline at 1-855-338-6900.

Media Contact: 
Robert Niznik 
Harbor Village 
Miami, FL 
305-999-5728 
robert(at)harborvillageflorida(dot)com

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