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US health officials look to city for ideas on addiction recovery

By BISHOP NASH

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — When Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield returned from visiting Huntington in August, he took with him ideas and concepts the city had created toward tackling the opioid epidemic.

It caught the attention at the top of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC – particularly of Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, the federal cabinet’s second-in-command.

“We were meeting and (Dr. Redfield) said, ‘You really have to go see Huntington. You have to see what is going on there,'” Hargan said Tuesday at Marshall University.

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