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West Virginia awards substance abuse services grants

The Free Press WV

Nearly $21 million in state funding has been awarded to expand residential treatment services for substance abuse across West Virginia.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources announced the funding Monday.

Two of the programs are in Morgantown and two are in Parkersburg, with one apiece in Beckley, Culloden, Huntington, Martinsburg and Wheeling.

The funding comes from recent court settlements with opioid distributors. Legislation passed earlier this year mandates that DHHR allocate additional treatment beds to be operated by the private sector. They are intended to provide treatment services in existing or newly constructed facilities.

West Virginia has the nation’s highest drug overdose death rate. The state reported a record 884 overdose deaths last year, up from 735 in 2015.

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