261 people in West Virginia's tri-county area - Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell - overdosed in 2016. Source: West Virginia Health Statistics Center, Vital Statistics System, Drug Overdose Database, March 20, 2017.
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OxyContin maker will stop marketing opioid products to doctors amid scrutiny

(The Hill, February 10) Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the company behind the opioid painkiller OxyContin, recently announced that they will stop marketing to doctors. Read more.

Narcan available at more than 8,000 Walgreens locations nationwide

(CBS News, October 26)  Narcan, a nasal spray form of naloxone that reverses opioid overdoses, will now be a little easier to get. Read more.

Doctor charged in oxycodone deaths gets 20 years in prison

(Associated Press, August 23) A West Virginia doctor admitted to writing hundreds of prescriptions without seeing any of the patients. Read more.

Trump declares national emergency on opioid abuse

(Reuters, August 10) President Trump recently declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency. Read more.

DHHR Announces More than $1.6 Million in Funding to Expand Substance Use Treatment and Services

(WV Department of Health and Human Services, August 10) The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BBHHF) today announced $1.6 million in funding for three substance use disorder programs across the state. Read more.