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Manchin: DRC is ‘best investment’ community can make during crisis


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Sen. Joe Manchin, right, greets Gabe Ward, 6; Noelle Ward, 15; and their father, Matt Ward, during a visit to the Berkeley County Day Report Center Wednesday afternoon in Martinsburg. Both children have been affected by pre-existing conditions — Noelle has Type 1 diabetes and Gabe had cancer.
(Journal photo by Ron Agnir)

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — The Berkeley County Day Report Center is being offered up as an opioid addiction crisis treatment model and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is all ears.

An estimated 25 Berkeley County officials and leaders attended a tour of the DRC Wednesday alongside Manchin and offered the senator an update on the area’s opioid efforts.

Opened August 2016, Berkeley County’s DRC at 2000 Rouch Ave. is billed as an alternative drug rehabilitation approach for criminals charged with a nonviolent drug-related crime. Program participants attend intensive group and individual counseling. Participants who complete the program typically have their drug charges dismissed.

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