Opioid prevention funding announced
CUMBERLAND — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that West Virginia will receive $28,027,511 as part of its State Opioid Response grants program. The funds will be used for prevention and treatment efforts throughout the state.
“Over the last several years we’ve heard constantly from medical professionals, law enforcement and others on the front lines of this crisis that we need more resources for treatment and prevention,” U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley said.
“West Virginia is the epicenter of the opioid crisis, and until recently was not getting its fair share of funding. I have worked to target federal resources to states that are particularly hard hit, like West Virginia. As a result, West Virginia has seen a five-fold increase in funding.”
The State Opioid Response grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provide flexible funding to state governments to support prevention, treatment and recovery services in the ways that meet the needs of their state.
McKinley has been an advocate for increasing funding and research money.