Weld will help fight drug problem

To the Editor,

Without an answer to the drug problem our area is facing, there is no hope for better jobs.

Currently, West Virginia has the highest heroin and opioid drug overdose rate in the nation. Our people’s drug addiction issue is one of the most significant factors that has led to us being the only state in the country with a workforce participation of less than 50 percent. The only state in the entire nation. With as many people as we have suffering from addiction and unable to work, why would major employers want to consider moving to West Virginia?

As the Delegate for the 2nd District, Ryan Weld has made this issue his top priority as a legislator. Since his election to the House of Delegates in 2014, Ryan Weld has sponsored or co-sponsored a significant number of bills that have all been aimed at our drug problem. As a prosecuting attorney in Brooke County, Ryan has worked with law enforcement, the court system and the recovery network here in the Northern Panhandle to ensure that those who sell the drugs get the punishment they deserve and that those suffering from addiction get the treatment they need.

I’ve heard several times during this election that working families in West Virginia are under attack. I agree with that statement. They’re under attack from out-of-state drug dealers who push their product across the bridges of the Ohio River, yet sit comfortably at home because they never set foot in our state — only their street dealers do. They sell their poison to our young, getting them addicted before they even have a chance.

If elected, Ryan Weld would be the only prosecuting attorney in the state Senate, and his leadership is needed there in order to get the bills that go after out-of-state drug dealers, and give our law enforcement the tools they need to fight back against the heroin coming in from other states.

Ryan Weld’s experience, both in and out of the legislature, makes him the clear choice in this fall’s state Senate race. If you want to create jobs, you’ve got to have a workforce that will make this state attractive to employers who want to move here or expand here, and you do that by having more people who are drug free and ready to work. Ryan Weld is the only option in this race to help make that happen.

John C. Bahnsen

Brigadier General, U.S. Army (retired)

New Cumberland