W.Va. to receive $14.6M from feds to fight opioid addiction

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows pills of the painkiller hydrocodone at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Drug wholesalers shipped 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to West Virginia in just six years, a period when 1,728 people fatally overdosed on these two painkillers, according to an investigation by the Charleston Gazette-Mail. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive $14.6 million in federal funds to fight opioid addiction.
U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding in a news release Thursday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The grant funding is used by states to increase access to opioid prevention, treatment and recovery services.
West Virginia has by far the highest death rate from drug overdoses in the nation.