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Jessie's Law, named in honor of West Virginian, passes U.S. Senate

New legislation has passed that will help save and protect recovering addicts in West Virginia. (Paula Johnson)

New legislation has passed that will help save and protect recovering addicts in West Virginia.

The U.S. Senate passed Jessie's Law – a measure that will ensure medical professionals have full knowledge of a patient's previous opioid addiction when consent is given.

The bill was named in honor of West Virginia’s Jessie Grubb, who died after a long struggle with addiction.

Jessie's parents sat down with Eyewitness News in March 2016 to discuss her overdose and what they felt needed to be done to fight the opioid epidemic in the state.

Before leaving office, President Barack Obama invited Jessie's father to introduce him and Vice President Joe Biden as they signed a piece of legislation.

Lawmakers hope this will help prevent similar deaths in the future.

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