The West Virginia Attorney General's Office has announced a $1 million transfer from its Consumer Protection Fund to the State Police Forensic Laboratory to help reduce the backlog of drug identification tests.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and State Police Col. Jan Cahill said the move will also help accelerate the prosecution of drug offenders.

“I commend Col. Cahill’s willingness to stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight against opioid abuse,” Morrisey said in a release.

“Another $1 million will be a tremendous boost toward eliminating the backlog," Morrisey said. "That helps every police officer and prosecutor in our state and demonstrates the cooperation needed to eradicate opioid abuse once and for all.”

Cahill extended his appreciation to the Attorney General's Office for its support.

"This is a great partnership that Mr. Morrisey has recognized with the State Police," Cahill said. "We really appreciate this and it will go a long way.”

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