The legislation is named after Jessie Grubb, a Charleston native who had battled opioid addiction for seven years before becoming sober and moving to Michigan. She was six-months clean when she underwent surgery for a running-related injury. The discharging doctor was unaware of Grubb’s addiction and prescribed her 50 oxycodone pills. She died the following day at the age of 30.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin said he was able to get the Jessie’s Law wording in the spending bill.
“If there’s one thing that’s most satisfying is knowing that Jessie is going to live on by saving more and more lives because of what we know now,” Manchin said.