Unanswered emails sent to AG Patrick Morrisey's press secretary
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March 22, 2022
Hi John and welcome to West Virginia. Hope you’re settling in well. I’m sending this from a personal email, but I am the editor of the Shinnston News & Harrison County Journal. I’m also currently in the middle of taking over editing The Pendleton Times and I freelance write for various publications.
On multiple occasions (a selection of public statements are linked below), Attorney General Morrisey has linked fentanyl-related overdose deaths in West Virginia to Biden administration border policy.
“In West Virginia we really feel the impact of Biden’s border disorder in the form of illicit drugs that cross over the border, make their way ultimately into West Virginia and into the American heartlands, and what we’ve seen even in the last six to eight months is a dramatic increase in fentanyl and illicit drugs coming in to West Virginia, and that’s going to increase deaths and cast a very long shadow on the families of West Virginia,” he stated on Fox News.
West Virginia health officials recently reported a decline in drug overdose deaths, beginning in April.
Does that mean the Biden administration border policy changed for the better in April, and how?
Can we also attribute this decline to Biden?
Mr. Morrisey reported a surge of fentanyl being brought to the state in his interview during the previous “six to eight months” and predicted more death. How does he reconcile those comments with a decline in overdose deaths in the state during that time?
Why was he wrong?
Erin Beck, MPH
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