University, Federal Agency Partner to Fight Opioid Crisis

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A university in West Virginia will work with the investigative division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to fight the opioid crisis.

The Herald-Dispatch reports Sen. Shelley Moore Capito announced Wednesday the partnership between Marshall University and Homeland Security Investigations.

Sen. Capito says the school in Huntington will receive more than $4 million to develop a tool to disrupt and dismantle criminal activity related to opioids.

Marshall University digital forensics and information assurance program Director John Sammons says students, faculty and staff are looking forward to the project because they’ve seen the impact of the epidemic in their community.

Sammons says the partnership will focus on transnational criminal activity, including cybercrimes.

Sen. Capito is the chairwoman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.