West Virginia Struggling to Provide Enough Clinics for Substance Abuse
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -
Health professionals say West Virginia is struggling to provide enough clinics and long-term treatment programs to help substance abuse addicts.
Bureau of Behavioral Health and Health Facilities deputy commissioner Kim Walsh says state treatment facilities are equipped with about 750 beds.
According to the West Virginia Behavioral Health Providers Association, about 15,000 people received drug or alcohol abuse treatment in 2014. And Department of Health and Human Resources figures show nearly 60,000 West Virginians were identified as in need of substance abuse treatment.
West Virginia University School of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry vice chairman Carl Sullivan tells the Associated Press the state doesn't have enough clinics and therapists to help addicts.
President Barack Obama plans to visit Charleston on Wednesday to discuss prescription drug and heroin abuse.
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