Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was joined by state and local officials Friday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of a 24-hour, statewide hotline used to help those with addiction.
The statewide hotline, 1-844-Help4WV, is a phone number people can call if they’re dealing with substance abuse or behavioral health problems. The call center also provides help to those dealing with thoughts of suicide or depression. Tomblin said substance abuse prevention services are now available in all 55 counties. He said the hotline has been successful so far.
"In the past year the call line has received over 5,200 calls of those, 2,250 were individuals asking and seeking help," Tomblin said. "I’m proud to report that each of the 2,250 West Virginians that sought help were connected to at least one resources to begin or continue their fight against addiction."
The program is also being utilized at correctional facilities to help ensure inmates have access to rehabilitation as well.