September 25, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce $350K for Huntington to Address Opioid Crisis

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $350,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Public Health and Science and Office of Minority Health to support the City of Huntington’s effort in battling the opioid crisis. The funds will support the minority health community programs to improve minority health.

“Huntington is ground zero for the opioid crisis in America,” Senator Manchin said. “The women and men on the front lines fighting this epidemic are the best among us and I will continue to fight to ensure they have the resources they need to fight this epidemic. I continue to be encouraged by their commitment to tackling this crisis and together we can bring this epidemic to an end.”

“As one of America’s hardest hit cities, Huntington has set a strong example in the fight to end this devastating drug epidemic. I have seen the progress city officials and others leaders are making there and am glad this funding will help them continue their heroic efforts,” said Senator Capito.

Senator Manchin was recently awarded with the 2017 Michael Prestera Award of Excellence for his work in the fight against West Virginia’s substance abuse epidemic at the “Recovery 4 a Change” event at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington. Every year, the Prestera Center – which helps individuals with both mental health and substance abuse needs – and its Board of Directors present this award to an individual who is committed to improving the lives of individuals with behavioral health and substance abuse disorders.

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