A candidate from the Republican Party who wants to challenge West Virginia's Senator Joe Manchin (D) for his seat said he wanted to "opiate" waterboarding during a major debate on Monday
"If I do "This epidemic is a bit more severe," said Jack Newbrough, "I want to catch the traders and the pushers, I would like to take them back and supply them with water."
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"That may not be the right thing to say," Newbrough admitted before adding, "But I think that's a start in the direction to be taken care of."
Newbrough explained that the opioid crisis in the US is an issue of great concern to him after he lost his son's mother to opiate addiction a decade ago.
"Everyone up here knows that this is a personal problem with me, my son's mother lost her life from opioid dependence 10 years ago," said Newbrough.
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The state is one of the states most affected by the opioid crisis in the US: In 2016, West Virginia had the highest rate of opioid-related overdose deaths, according to data The National Institute on Drug Abuse
reported 43.4 deaths per 100,000 this year, compared to 1.8 deaths per 100,000 in 1999, according to the NIH website [1 9659028]according to the Centers for Disease Control and In 2016, 42,000 people died of opioid overdoses in the United States.
Manchin has also been battling the opioid epidemic in West Virginia and the US as one of his biggest priorities, called several bi-partisan bills, which aim to support programs to support addictions.
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The Senator has also launched the Prescription Drug Abuse Committee, which aims to develop laws aimed at the opioid epidemic.
more in line with President Donald Trumps.
Last month, the US leader revealed an anti-opioid abuse plan that included a recommendation that drug dealers should receive the death penalty.
Trump said the US must "crack down" on opioids, adding that "hardship includes the death penalty."
Newbrough is one of six people fighting for the Republican nomination to run against Manchin's stance for May 8.
This article was first written by Newsweek
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