EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSubstance Abuse Focus of Behavioral Health Conference
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Reported by: Taisha Walker
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Reported: Sep. 17, 2013 12:50 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013 1:04 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
West Virginia's governor is making strides in his two-year effort to bring light to substance abuse problems.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin detailed the state's progress in front of a large audience at the Charleston Civic Center Tuesday morning. Hundreds of people from 25 states and Canada are in Charleston for the Inaugural West Virginia Behavioral Health Conference.
Issues pertaining to developmental disorders, mental health and substance abuse will be front and center for the three-day conference.
Tomblin said West Virginia has more funding to combat substance abuse. The state was awarded a $9 million grant in addition to the $12.5 million state legislators designated. The governor also spoke about resources that didn't exist two years ago, such as disposable pill boxes for unused medication and transitional housing for people looking to overcome substance abuse.
The governor said although strides have been made, there is still more work to be done.
The three-day conference ends Thursday.
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