Gov. Manchin's Substance Abuse Plan Presented

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Each year, every West Virginian pays more than $1,100 to help prevent substance abuse; according to the West Virginia Prevention Resource Center, but now there's a plan to help lower that cost.

It's Governor Joe Manchin's plan to address the state's substance abuse, and it was presented at a luncheon Wednesday at WVU at Parkersburg.

Those in government, law enforcement and more gathered to hear the plan, which is designed to benefit everyone in the mountain state.

"That's one of the things I will ask here this morning is a show of hands of how many people have had a family member, a close friend or an acquaintance that has had issues with substance abuse. I bet we'd be lucky if there are no hands raised. I think every single hand in the room will be," Wayne Coombs, with the W.V. Prevention Resource Center, said.

The plan includes four major strategies, which are prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery.


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  • by Tom Scott Location: Williamstown on Dec 3, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    Direct costs of substance abuse cost WV $470 million per year. Direct and indirect costs are $1.8 billion per year. About half of the direct cost comes from court costs, incarceration, etc. Substance abuse is involved in about 85% of cases resulting in incarceration. The plan attacks the problem before treatment is needed. Conservatively every dollar spent on prevention will generate $8 in reduced treatment costs. Go to prevnet.org if you have questions.
  • by ViennaGuy Location: Vienna on Dec 3, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    Moose: WV's population is 1.8 million. :-)
  • by keith Location: kanawha on Dec 3, 2009 at 11:03 AM
    who makes money on the dui classes that the driver must take to get his license back?
  • by Allie Bennett on Dec 3, 2009 at 07:07 AM
    As a prevention worker and member of the committee that ran this luncheon, I will clarify that the $1,100 is the amount we are spending the shovel up the mess of NOT preventing substance abuse. WV spends none of their own money at this point on prevention, and federal streams of funding run almost any prevention program that you know of. This plan the Governor has published is a way to use prevention to lessen the burden of substance abuse.
  • by BOB Location: VIENNA on Dec 3, 2009 at 05:58 AM
    WESTERN DISTRICT GUIDANCE(WESTBROOK)WILL GET EVEN MORE BUSINESS.DUI'S ARE MONEY MAKERS FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE SYSTEM THAT GET PAID TO DEAL WITH IT.IT IS PART OF A BIGGER SCHEME.
  • by Anon-I-Moose Location: Pburg on Dec 3, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    Let's see: $1,100 by 3mil citizens in WV is $3.3B spent on this? Someone needs to do the math again. Last I heard, the actual number is $470M, which is $110 per person in the state. WTAP, please check your facts before passing erroneous info!
  • by Smitty Location: Parkersburg on Dec 2, 2009 at 04:57 PM
    Perhaps a more pertinent question would be; How much does every West Virginian pay to incarcerate someone for a substance abuse related criminal charge.
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