WV DHHR releases Opioid Response Plan to stop overdose deaths

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR has released the final version of its "Opioid Response Plan for the State of West Virginia," with recommendations to stop drug addiction and overdose deaths in the state.

The plan was released publicly, and submitted to Governor Jim Justice and the State Legislature on Tuesday.

To create the Opioid Response Plan, DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy worked with a panel of national and regional public health experts to garner public input and review science-supported options to reduce the number of overdose deaths in the State.

The expert panel reviewed more than 350 public comments and held a public hearing to provide input and recommendations for a proposed plan.

The proposed plan was then placed online for public comment on January 11, 2018, with more than 100 additional comments received.

The report includes 12 high priority recommendations for immediate action across six areas of implementation: prevention, early intervention, treatment, overdose reversal, recovery, and supporting families with substance use disorder.

You can read the entire "Opioid Response Plan for the State of West Virginia" report in the link under the "Related Links" section of this story.

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