McKinley questions federal commitee on WV opioid funding

Published: Oct. 26, 2017 at 2:56 PM EDT
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Congressman David McKinley took part in questioning representatives from multiple federal agencies questioning the amount of funding West Virginia has received to combat the opioid crisis.

The questioning was part of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on efforts to combat the crisis.

“West Virginia is at the epicenter of this crisis. We are experiencing the highest rate of opioid deaths in the nation. Yet when West Virginia applied for the grant to help babies with opioid dependency, they were denied. When HHS released an additional $144 million in funding, we received none of it. As ground zero for this public health crisis, it is time West Virginia received the funding it deserves,” McKinley said in a statement.“Rural communities often lack the resources to compete for these grants. We need to ensure that our federal resources are targeted where it’s most needed.”

To watch McKinley’s part of the hearing, you can visit the Related Link.