State’s drug problems focus of conference

By Beth Vorhees
bvorhees@wvpubcast.org 

Substance abuse costs the state nearly $470 million a year in direct costs. When that’s combined with indirect costs, like lost wages and lost productivity, that figure could be $1.8 billion. In contrast, the state spends about $7.8 million a year on prevention efforts. David Bailey, a community development specialist with the West Virginia Prevention Resource Center discusses the issue with Beth Vorhees.

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