Wyoming State Representative Charles Pelkey

State Representative Charles Pelkey’s office submitted these responses to the American Opioid Podcast on 3/11/2019 10:18:49 AM.

What district of Wyoming do you represent?

House District 45

Briefly, how would you describe the opioid crisis in your state?

We've lost hundreds of people to overdoses. As far as I am concerned it's a crisis.

What are the two or three most significant bills that have been introduced in your chamber to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state?

HB0062 Immunity for drug overdose reporting. (Sponsor);

HB0100 Use of hemp extracts (co-sponsor);

HB0268 Access to naloxone. (co-sponsor);

HB0171 Hemp, cannabidiol and other controlled substance regulation. (co-sponsor)

What was your involvement, if any, in those bills (e.g., introduction, advocacy, vote pledge)?

See above

Have any of the bills passed? If not, why?

Yes.

What was the most memorable experience you had while learning about the opioid crisis in your state?

Testimony from individuals and family members affected

If you had a magic wand that allowed you to pass any legislation you wanted in order to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state, what would that legislation look like?

Opioid penalties for over prescription - both for health care providers and manufacturers.

Are there any additional thoughts you would like to share?

I have long encouraged the Wyoming attorney general's office to pursue legal action against those companies that improperly promote over-prescription of opioids. Their office has initiated a lawsuit.

Having been a defense attorney on our local drug court, I've seen the devastating effects of opioid abuse. I believe that I am about to be appointed to serve on our state's opioid task force.