West Virginia awarded $8.9M to fight drug abuse

West Virginia awarded $8.9M to fight drug abuse

The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs recently awarded the Northern District of West Virginia $8.9 million to fight drug abuse and addiction.

Funding was divided between four organizations. Legal Aide of West Virginia received $638,975, United Way of the River Cities received $690,553, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals received $1.4 million, and West Virginia Justice and Community Services received $6.2 million.

“With our state being the epicenter of the addiction crisis, this funding is critical to addressing the challenges faced by families and communities throughout West Virginia,” United States Attorney Mike Stuart said. “It will further strengthen the “all hands on deck” approach that is necessary to combat the addiction crisis. The programs funded will provide much needed resources and support to those in need.”

Nearly 400,000 Americans have died this century as the result of illicit drug use. Many of these deaths have been attributed to the emergence of methamphetamines and other psychostimulants, as well as synthetic opioids, including fentanyl.

More than $341 million in grants have been awarded to communities nationwide to fight drug abuse.

Funding is through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, the National Institute of Justice, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.