The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently awarded West Virginia $1.9 million for research and programs addressing opioid misuse.
Funding was divided among four organizations: The Morgan County Partnership received $45,436, United Way of the River Cities received $54,500, West Virginia University’s Drug Abuse and Addiction Research received $222,568, and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources received $1.5 million.
“The drug epidemic has ravaged our state, impacting every West Virginian and taking thousands from us too soon, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made this crisis worse,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said. “This funding supports research and programs that help West Virginians with substance use disorder across the state… Together we can manage both crises in the Mountain States.”
“The opioid crisis has affected lives and communities across the country, but some states—including West Virginia—have been hit harder than others,” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) said. “Unfortunately, the current pandemic has brought new challenges for those in recovery and living with addiction, resulting in rising overdoses and treatment needs, which makes these funds even more critical.”
Capito thanked HHS for its support, which will have a positive impact on West Virginians.
Both senators are members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.