CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said the federal charge Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s brother is now facing is proof that drug addiction does not discriminate.

“It crosses all socioeconomic lines.  It affects every single community and I think, as we’ve noted before, it affects really every family and it affects them very deeply,” said Goodwin on Thursday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

A day early, he’d announced the filing of a federal information against Carl Tomblin, 50, of Chapmanville who was accused of selling oxymorphone — the generic form of Opana — in Logan County last December.

An information usually indicates a defendant is cooperating.

Gov. Tomblin issued a statement to address the matter earlier this week.

“I am saddened by my brother’s actions and I am disappointed in him, but I love him,” he said.  “Like everyone dealing with drug addiction, my brother needs help.  I’ve said many times that drug addiction can affect any family and it has affected mine.  I thank you for your prayers during this challenging time.”

Goodwin said, unfortunately, this kind of case comes up a lot.

“This is like any drug investigation that we’ve been a part of in Southern West Virginia.  My office has prosecuted more than 200 pill dealers over the last couple of years.  It’s a terrible, terrible problem for my district and for our state in general,” he said.

“You stop anyone on the street and they’re going to tell you they know someone or someone within their family has been horribly affected by this terrible epidemic and it really is an epidemic.”

Those with the U.S. 119 Task Force and State Police are handling the Carl Tomblin investigation as part of a larger, ongoing prescription drug investigation focused on southern West Virginia.

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  • taylor collins wv

    This disease can effect anyone at any given point in someone life. i dont care who you at all. god bless your family and all who suffers.

  • Randy PRieto

    My son Randy need help. My name is June PRieto

  • sam

    wvdhhr, wvdoh, and now the governors brother>>> whats going on?

  • Robertt

    Kind of shoots the prescription only Sudafed logic in the arse.

    • Jason412

      This has no correlation to that at all. If you could buy Opana at your local pharmacy after presenting your ID and not hitting a limit our overdose rate would be far higher then it already is.

      • The bookman

        “This is like any drug investigation that we’ve been a part of in Southern West Virginia. My office has prosecuted more than 200 pill dealers over the last couple of years. It’s a terrible, terrible problem for my district and for our state in general,” he said.

        So how is that not relevant to the rxPSE debate. If it is possible to circumvent the prescription process for Opana, why do you not believe a black market stream would not develop for PSE if the demand remained?

        • Jason412

          It will develop, as with anything that has a demand. The availability still will be nowhere near what it currently is, as I've pointed out numerous times that most smurfs abuse the drug and there is no drug that has more apparent signs of use then meth. When the availability drops, the price skyrockets, it becomes far less cost effective, people stop cooking.

          Looking around a few websites, Opana seems to be worth $50-100 bucks a single pill depending on the size. Is someone going to dish out $300-500 dollars for just one of the ingredients to cook $500 dollars worth of meth, as opposed to the $10 dollars they pay now for the same ingredient?

          I've never once said that PSE would disappear from the hands of every meth cook in WV, I've repeatedly said there will be the few die hards who will do whatever they have to do to get it. That is at least until it goes against basic economics, very few will pay $5-6-700 dollars to cook $500 worth of meth when they could buy that same $500 off a street dealer or switch to another drug.

          But I have to ask Bookman, how many times have you been robocalled by the CHPA (can't remember their name, but I think that's it) asking if you support PSE being banned?

          I've received 4 calls in the last 24 hours. I guess I'd rather have Big Government intruding in my life and telling me to my face, then Big Pharma intruding in my life and acting like their doing it for the good of the people.

          The first 3 times I gave them my truthful answers, about how I support the legislation. Upon doing so they said something like "Law Enforcement supports this because of the effects on meth labs do you believe this to be very convincing, not convincing,"(or something like that) but on the 4th call I decided to vote as someone like you would. It's funny that when I did that over their 10 or so questions I didn't hear the word meth mentioned once.

          That alone is enough to make me support the legislation more then I already did.

          I thought I was turning into a conspiracy nut when I'd see people post in these articles under very common first names and say something like "Don't like it? Contact your Delegate. Here's the list" but now I'm fully convinced that's Big Pharma at work.

          • The bookman

            For some it may affect them differently, and for some smurfs, they may choose to buy cheaper alternative drugs or steal the PSE. All speculation so far, by both of us. For you it is worth the risk, and I respect that. For me there are too many "ifs" to support yet another infringement by government. We shall see how it plays out.

          • Jason412

            In WV? One pot.

            Now I'll answer your next question about Nexafed. It still carries the same restrictions as current PSE but in 1 pot you get half as much meth. This again goes back to is it cost effective? The limits will be hit quickly as people try to buy 2 boxes to do the same thing 1 box currently does.

            And I still stick by, if someone can use it to cook meth then someone can use it for their congestion. So with that in mind, I don't see this huge inconvenience to law abiding citizens that you do.

            The last conversation we had, discussing Zyrtec and Claritin I think you misunderstood what I was saying. Zyrtec and Claritin are two completely different drugs, Nexafed and Sudafed are not. I was not suggesting Nexafed be added to the allergy "cycle" of switching between Zyrtec and Claritin.

            Zyrtec make work for one person, while Claritin does not. But if PSE works for one person, once digested it doesn't matter if it's tamper resistant or not. From the Nexafed page you've linked on Impede Technology "Ingredients do not affect product efficacy or safety"

          • The bookman

            Would you characterize smurfs as one pot, small batch cooks or lab cooks?

          • Jason412

            The number I gave on Opana are street numbers posted on the internet by drug addicts, not pharmacy prices.

          • The bookman

            A 30 count opana scrip runs about $220. Comparing cost of PSE to Opana and deriving a projected illegal market price is not possible. The point is that prescriptions only restrict law abiding citizens from access, as an illegal avenue will always be available to those who desire it.

          • Jason412

            Also I'd add, in regards to what you quoted, the US Attorney has prosecuted 200 pill dealers in several years. 200. I'd bet at least 200 boxes of PSE were sold to smurfs throughout the state today. That's less then 4 boxes per county, so I'd say realistically that number is exponentially higher.