UPDATE | Elizabeth Warren discusses opioid plan during visit to Mingo County

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Published: May. 6, 2019 at 12:48 PM EDT
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UPDATE 5/10/19 @ 6:15 p.m.

During a campaign stop in Kermit on Friday, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren touted her plan to combat America's opioid epidemic.

About 150 people attended a "community conversation" at the Kermit Fire and Rescue station where Warren explained how the $100 billion plan would work.

"This is part of the reason I am in Kermit today," Warren said. "Here is a town of 400 people that got nearly 13 million opioid pills pushed in to this town. That's more than 30,000 per resident of this town. What did the corporations do? They just kept making money off it. They just kept pushing it in.'

Warren says not only does the bill focus on getting people who are addicted the help they need, it also pushes to hold drug wholesalers who fueled the crisis accountable for their actions.

"Because until there's some personal responsibility, as long as it's all upside, they can just keep getting richer and richer, and all the money's on one side and all the hurting's on the other, nothing is going to change. We need a country that works for the people, not just for those who have money and connections," Warren said.

She says should the bill pass, $50 million would go to communities throughout West Virginia. She said it would bypass the state government and would be distributed federally to towns who present the problem in their area, and what they want to do to fix it.


UPDATE 5/10/19 @ 11:06 a.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren was in Mingo County Friday morning as part of a multi-stop swing through West Virginia and Ohio Friday.

About 150 people attended a "community conversation" at the Kermit Fire and Rescue station on Main Street.

It was her only stop in West Virginia. She was also scheduled to visit three cities in Ohio Friday: Chillicothe, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

The Massachusetts senator is running in a field of 21 Democratic presidential candidates.

ORIGINAL STORY 5/6/19

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is scheduled to visit Mingo County as part of a multi-stop swing through West Virginia and Ohio Friday morning.

Warren will hold a "community conversation" at the Kermit Fire and Rescue station on Main Street.

The event is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.

It's her only stop in West Virginia on Friday. She's also scheduled to visit three cities in Ohio that day, Chillicothe, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

The Massachusetts senator is running in a field of 21 Democratic presidential candidates.