West Virginia alternative drug program to receive $125,000

West Virginia alternative drug program to receive $125,000

U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) announced an alternative treatment program for nonviolent offenders whose substance use disorder has led to legal problems will receive nearly $125,000 in federal funding this year.

The Berkeley Day Report Center in Martinsburg, W.V., will receive the money as part of the White House’s recent announcement of $15.9 million in funding for its High Intensity Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program.

Mooney made the announcement during a roundtable discussion with regional law enforcement and local officials at the Berkeley County Recovery Resource Center in Martinsburg, W.V., where he was joined by White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Jim Carroll.

“I thank President Trump and ONDCP Director Jim Carroll, President Trump’s ‘Drug Czar,’ for their leadership and commitment in combatting the opioid epidemic not only here in West Virginia but also nationwide. I’m glad funds have been directed towards the Berkeley Day Report Center through the High Intensity Drug Traffic Areas Program. We have to continue to do everything we can to fight back against the opioid epidemic, and I’m glad to be a part of the coordinated and united effort required at the federal, state, and local levels. Also integral in our effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate the supply and abuse of illegal drugs in high drug trafficking areas are our brave police officers, who show constant dedication to strategic operations for effective enforcement in our communities each day,” Mooney said.

Congress created the HIDTA program to assist law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local levels that are operating in high drug trafficking areas in the United States, with a goal to reducing drug trafficking and illegal drug production across the country. Through cooperation, information sharing, and effective enforcement strategies, the program hopes to maximize resources for all agencies.