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W.Va. Department Of Health Receives Federal Funds To Track, Analyze Opioid Use

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West Virginia will receive more than $5 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to track opioid use in the state.

The money is part of the Centers for Disease Control’s Overdose Data to Action in States program, which helps local government health offices to reduce drug overdoses and the impact of related harms.

According to a release from the office of Sen. Joe Manchin, the program will help the state health department track and prevent nonfatal and fatal overdoses, while also identifying emerging drug threats.

“I’m pleased HHS is investing more than $5.3 million to help collect data to better prevent overdoses in West Virginia,” Manchin said. “The drug epidemic has touched every corner of our state and this funding will play a critical role in combating it.”

In 2023, the West Virginia Department of Health used similar funds to improve the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.