$1 million in funding to help fight opioid epidemic in W.Va.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More help is coming to fight the opioid epidemic.

Nearly $1 million in funding will help expand substance abuse disorder residential treatment services in five West Virginia counties, the state Department of Health and Human Services announced.

The funding will be used in Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Roane counties. It is supported by the Ryan Brown Addiction Prevention and Recovery Fund as part of a comprehensive statewide plan to combat the opioid epidemic.

The Ryan Brown Addiction Prevention and Recovery Fund, also known as House Bill 2428, mandates that DHHR identify need and allocate additional treatment beds in the state. These beds are intended to provide substance abuse disorder treatment services in existing or newly constructed facilities.

More than 30,000 West Virginians are already in drug treatment, and the state has the nation's highest drug overdose death rate.

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