WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $8,263,790 from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat opioid addiction and substance abuse in West Virginia. Specifically, this funding will be used to expand the West Virginia Prevention Resource Officer (PRO) program, extend the training and service of drug court operations for veterans and juveniles, and implement several residential or jail-based substance abuse treatment programs.
“In one way or another, we have all felt the impact and destruction resulting from the drug epidemic,” said Senator Capito. “We must take action to not only limit the ability for opioids to enter our state, but also to provide comprehensive services that help our fellow West Virginians recover from the grip of addition. As I have seen personally, drug courts can play a crucial role in this process. Therefore, it is important that we make sure that our drug courts and other programs designed for those impacted by substance use disorder are operating properly, that our state personnel are well trained, and that these programs are able to expand to additional areas. Expanding services and making them available to those battling addiction has been a major priority of mine since coming to Congress and something I will continue to advocate for as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.”
“The drug epidemic continues to harm our families and communities, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made matters worse. This funding from the DOJ will help organizations across West Virginia help those in need and address substance use disorder with help instead of judgement, especially for our youth affected by this terrible crisis. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fight for funding that helps us combat this epidemic in West Virginia and across the country,” said Senator Manchin.