September 18, 2015

Capito and Manchin Announce HHS Funding to Reduce Opioid Overdose in Rural West Virginia

Grant will help reduce number of opioid overdose-related deaths in rural communities throughout West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced that two West Virginia health centers will receive a total of $200,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal (ROOR) Grant Program.

Community Connections, Inc. in Princeton and Pleasant Valley Hospital, Inc. in Point Pleasant will each receive $100,000 in funding to help prevent drug overdoses. The program will help the health centers purchase emergency devices that have the ability to reverse an opioid overdose. This funding will also support training and education for healthcare professionals to properly utilize these life-saving devices.

“Opioid abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in America, destroying families and communities and claiming the lives of tens of thousands of individuals every year,” Senator Manchin said. “We must continue to do everything in our power to stem the tide of substance abuse and end the scourge it holds over our friends, family and other loved ones. This funding is crucial in our fight against substance abuse and addiction and will ensure our medical professional are equipped to save lives.”

“Sadly, West Virginia leads the nation in drug-related overdose deaths. Since being sworn in to the United States Senate, I have worked to fight this terrible drug epidemic on all fronts. This funding will help save lives, better train our health care professionals and give West Virginians suffering from addiction a second chance,” said Senator Capito.

Individual awards are listed below:

  • $100,000 – Community Connections, Inc.
  • $100,000 – Pleasant Valley Hospital, Inc.