Addiction response grant awarded to Opportunity House will be utilized to research intervention methods

Matt Kerner, executive director of the Opportunity House, Inc.

BUCKHANNON – Addiction is a multi-faceted epidemic in Appalachia – and anywhere else, for that matter.

So the executive director of the Opportunity House, Inc. hopes a $200,000 federal grant recently awarded to the agency will help it focus on putting a dent in the problem from one specific angle – intervention.

At Buckhannon City Council’s June 6 meeting, Matt Kerner elaborated on the details of the Rural Community Opioid Response Planning grant, made available through the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Kerner said while Community Care of West Virginia has previously focused on treating and preventing addiction, the Opportunity House’s grant will fund research into best practices for addiction intervention.

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