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Drug addiction center may soon locate in Mercer Co.

Proposed drug treatment center Proposed drug treatment center

BLUEFIELD (WVVA)-A long-term drug addiction center could soon be coming to Mercer County .

Scott Adkins, Executive Director of The Healing Place in Huntington, tells WVVA they are awaiting approval for a $440,000 state grant.

The treatment facility would start off with 20 beds, but would eventually expand to serve 60 patients.

Adkins says it takes addicts eight months to a year to complete the program. There would be no medical treatment. Adkins says the program is a peer driven social model and most of his staff are recovering addicts who have been through it.

The Healing Place also has drug treatment centers in Kentucky and North Carolina.

Adkins says he should know if the grant is approved by July 1.

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