- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia’s attorney general is urging state lawmakers to adopt a substance abuse program used in South Dakota.

Patrick Morrisey says he sent a letter this week to the chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees urging them to consider the 24/7 Sobriety Program during the 2016 legislative session. The offender-funded, court-monitored initiative aims to reduce the number of repeat offenses of drunken driving.

According to Morrisey, participants are required to take two alcohol breath tests per day. The program also employs urine drug screening, ankle bracelets that monitor alcohol intake, and drug patches that test for drugs by collecting sweat samples.

Morrisey says the initiative has lowered recidivism rates in South Dakota.

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