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WELCH (AP) -

A new drug treatment clinic in McDowell County has a waiting list of more than 140 people.

Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center CEO Judy Akers says the clinic in Welch is exploring ways to serve more patients.

Akers tells Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the clinic's waiting list shows the need for drug treatment services in southern West Virginia. Southern Highland's drug treatment clinic in Mercer County also has a waiting list.

Akers says people seeking treatment is a good sign. But it's also a bad sign because there are likely just as many people who aren't seeking help.

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