$2 Million Announced to Combat Drug Epidemic in West Virginia

August 18, 2022

Mountaineer News

The Mountain State

CHARLESTON, WV - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $2,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to Boone Memorial Hospital and West Virginia University to help combat the drug epidemic in West Virginia. The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program provides critical funding to rural health organizations to address and prevent substance use disorder.


“Every West Virginian has been impacted by the drug epidemic that continues to ravage our state. Combatting this heartbreaking epidemic continues to be a top priority of mine, and I am pleased HHS is investing in Boone Memorial Hospital and West Virginia University as they continue to offer these essential healthcare services. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee I will continue advocating for resources to combat the drug epidemic across the Mountain State,” said Senator Manchin.


“In our battle against the addiction crisis, we must continue to connect West Virginia’s substance use and prevention organizations with the resources they need. This funding announced today for Boone Memorial Hospital and WVU is welcome news, as it can help create healthier and safer communities. The opioid epidemic has touched all of us in one way or another, and I will continue to advocate for the support our local leaders need to pursue solutions that will help West Virginians struggling with addiction get the help they need,” Senator Capito said.


Individual awards listed below:

  • $1,000,000 – Boone Memorial Hospital: Rural Communities Opioid Response – Implementation

  • $1,000,000 – West Virginia University: Rural Communities Opioid Response – Implementation