West Virginia Receives More Than $70M to Fight Opioid Crisis
Over the last several years we’ve heard constantly from medical professionals, law enforcement, and others on the front lines of this crisis that we need more resources for treatment and prevention. West Virginia is the epicenter of the opioid crisis, and until recently was not getting its fair share of funding. I have worked to target federal resources to states that are particularly hard hit, like West Virginia. As a result, West Virginia has seen a five-fold increase in funding. This week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday the award of a two-year multi-million-dollar grant to West Virginia to help those suffering from substance addiction receive the help they need.
A month ago, we received word that the Ohio Valley Medical Center would be closing, and now we are faced with the reality that in less than 24 hours, all acute and emergency admissions at OVMC will be suspended. This week's announcement will have a major impact on patients, especially those utilizing OVMC’s inpatient mental health services and emergency services. We are hopeful that potential buyers will move with a sense of urgency in order to prevent any further disruptions to care. We have had dozens of calls and meeting since the initial announcement. We will continue to work to find a solution that will hopefully save jobs, and maintain the access to quality care that the residents of the Ohio Valley deserve.
One of the state’s most famous and accomplished athletes is now the recipient of the nation’s highest civilian honor. WVU legend Jerry West was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday afternoon by President Donald Trump. Jerry West has been an outstanding representative of both WVU and our state.