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8 West Virginia Communities Receive Federal Funds To Fight Drug Abuse

Eight communities in West Virginia have been awarded federal funds to help fight drug abuse. The Drug Free Communities Support Program will award a total of $1 million dollars to fight drug abuse in the state. “This is more than a problem, it’s an epidemic we need to eliminate right away,” said Senator Joe Manchin. “If we want to improve our economy and keep West Virginia competitive by attracting residents and businesses, the scourge of drug abuse in our communities is something we must confront with the full force of our efforts.” Senator Manchin, along with fellow West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller, recently announced a plan to fight drug abuse in West Virginia. This will include measures to ban bath salts and synthetic marijuana and increase penalties for “pill mills” that dispense dangerous prescription drugs. “We need to do more to increase awareness and stop this trend,” said Senator Jay Rockefeller. “Prescription drug abuse derails lives, ruins careers, puts enormous strain on families and dims the promise and potential of our children and young people. We cannot successfully help our children until we tackle and defeat the abuse that is at the very root of this problem.”

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