W. Va. County Adding Drug Program To Help Prostitutes

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – The Cabell County Drug Court is adding a new program to help prostitutes who are addicted to drugs.

The West Virginia Supreme Court says in a news release that the Women’s Empowerment and Addiction Recovery Program, or WEAR, will serve up to 20 participants annually.

The program will provide treatment for addiction, along with mental health and physical health treatment.

The drug court also is getting a new name. Beginning Nov. 6, the program will be called the Cabell-Huntington Adult Drug Court. A rededication ceremony is scheduled that day.

Cabell Family Court Judge Patricia Keller presides over the drug court. She tells The Herald-Dispatch that prostitutes are an important group to work with because they are a high-risk, high-need population.