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Tackling the Opioid Crisis in W.Va.


Appalachia Health News Reporter Kara Lofton leads a discussion on the Justice administration’s plan to tackle the state's substance abuse crisis, and host Suzanne Higgins chats with Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich about the comprehensive education reform bill, which continues to garner attention throughout the state and under the dome.

Bob Hansen, Director of the Office of Drug Control Policy and Brian Gallagher, Chair of the Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Use Disorder joins us on our show to have an in-depth conversation around the state’s opioid epidemic. Here are highlights from the interview:

  • Goals and priorities
  • Treatment bed access
  • Funding for prevention
  • Medicaid Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Improving access to treatment and support
  • Stigma
  • Harm reduction with syringe access
  • Jim’s Dream


Liz McCormick is WVPB's Eastern Panhandle and Education reporter/producer. Liz is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and New Media from Shepherd University in 2014. You can connect with Liz via email at emccormick@wvpublic.org or on Twitter @LizMcCormickWV