Catherine Harrington is a reporter with PolitiFact West Virginia and a student at West Virginia University.
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During his State of the State address on Jan. 9, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made the opioid epidemic a focus of his speech. At one point, Justice said, "Now, in Cabell County, we just had information that we reduced our overdoses by 40 percent."
Gov. Jim Justice delivered his third State of the State address tonight, proposing the elimination of a state tax on Social Security benefits, a 5 percent pay raise for state employees including teachers, and millions of dollars more for substance abuse and other social services. PolitiFact West Virginia took a look at the accuracy of a few of Justice’s statements in the speech. We will analyze additional statements from the speech in the coming days.