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Federal Grants to Aid West Virginia City's Drug Abuse Fight


Nearly $2 million in federal grants will help one West Virginia city combat a drug abuse epidemic.

The city of Huntington says in a news release that two grants will be used for a program that assists overdose victims within 72 hours.

The Quick Response Team involves law enforcement, providers of health care, recovery and treatment, and university researchers. Among other things, the team will assess the symptoms and needs of individuals in determining an intervention plan.

The QRT program was awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

In addition, the city was awarded a $650,000 Department of Justice grant for substance abuse and mental health services for Western Regional Jail inmates.