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Comment Sought on W.Va. Opioid Crisis Response Plan

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Health officials in West Virginia say a plan to combat the state's opioid crisis has been released for public comment.

The Department of Health and Human Resources released the response plan Thursday. It was prepared by a panel of public health experts after a review of public comments, a public meeting on Dec. 21 and input from state agencies.

Public comments will be accepted through Jan. 19 at bphcommunications@wv.gov.

The plan eventually will be presented to Gov. Jim Justice and the state Legislature. It focus on six areas, including prevention, early intervention, treatment, overdose reversal and recovery.


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