US awards W.Va. $9m for abuse prevention

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $9 million federal grant has been awarded to West Virginia to expand services to programs for mental health services and substance abuse programs.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said there are more than 152,000 West Virginians who will benefit from the funding, which will be paid out in annual installments over five years. He noted that the state has the nation’s highest rate of drug deaths.

The West Virginia Partnerships for Success will use the funding to decrease underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in 12 high-need counties, expand college-based prevention initiatives and improve what the governor’s office calls community norms.

The funding is from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.

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