Drug Addiction

A man on the train tracks. Near the scene of the miners' protest in Harlan Co., KY.
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll look at how our history is intertwined with our future. We’ll hear from coal miners and children about how they are reshaping Appalachia, while remembering the past. Also in this episode, we’ll hear from a woman who found recovery, and a job, after struggling with drug addiction for more than two decades.

And we’ll hear from some of the miners in Harlan County, Kentucky who are protesting their employer, coal operator Blackjewel LLC. We’ll talk about what the protest says about the state of organized labor in the mines.

Charles Glover outside the Clarksburg Mission, where he serves as a mentor.
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Charles Glover doesn’t mince words when assessing Clarksburg, West Virginia, the town where he was raised and still lives today.

“It’s not Clarksburg anymore,” Glover says. “It’s Methburg.” 

Methburg. As in methamphetamines, a drug that ravaged his community more than a decade ago and today is coming back just as strong.

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  U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams threw his support behind syringe exchange services as an important tool to address the Ohio Valley’s high risk of needle-borne disease associated with the opioid epidemic.

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A new task force will track health care crimes in West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia Bill Powell announced the task force's creation in a news release Friday. The Health Care Crimes Task Force will investigate prosecute illegal activities like fraud and opioid diversion.

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Greg Lee, Kentucky’s HIV/AIDS educator, starts the town hall on a somber note.

“How many people in this room know someone who has died of an overdose death?”

It is a standing-room only crowd. Most hands go up.

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Dr. Michael Brumage resigned today as director of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Drug Control Policy after less than two months on the job.

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West Virginia's U.S. senators say Marshall University and West Virginia University will get federal grants to support clinical internships and field placements in mental health and drug addiction services.

Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin say the Department of Health and Human Services training grants are $319,000 for West Virginia University and $213,000 for Marshall.

Working With Addiction: A Popsicle Plant Helps To Lick The Opioid Crisis

Jul 3, 2017
Ziegenfelder employee Sonny Baxter helps coach workers with addiction.
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If you’ve ever enjoyed a Budget Saver twin popsicle on a hot summer day, you can thank the employees of the Ziegenfelder frozen treat factory in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Floor operator Sonny Baxter keeps the line of popsicles going in the cherry-scented worksite.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is debuting a statewide faith-based initiative aimed at getting more churches involved in the fight against substance abuse.

Morrisey plans to announce the initiative at a news conference Wednesday at the state Capitol in Charleston.

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On West Virginia Morning, Statehouse Reporter Ashton Marra reports from the Capitol after lawmakers returned for a special budget session last week.

And we hear from the Ohio Valley Resource's Mary Meehan who reports on the addiction crisis in the Ohio Valley which is causing another health problem in the region - a heart infection called endocarditis.

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West Virginia will receive $5.9 million from the federal government to help fight drug addiction.

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced the grant Thursday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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On West Virginia Morning, Appalachia Health News reporter Kara Lofton has a special story about how to treat pregnant women who are addicted to drugs.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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U.S. Senators from West Virginia and New Hampshire are asking the National Guard to provide more help fighting drug epidemics in their states.

Communities Rely on FEMA Funds to Rebuild

Aug 8, 2016
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On West Virginia Morning, today is the deadline for local governments to apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Ashton Marra reports many small communities depend on that assistance.  And from the Ohio Valley ReSource,  reporter Aaron Payne visits three addiction treatment centers with three very difference approaches to deal with opioid addictions. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Construction is underway for a new drug treatment center in southern West Virginia.

WVVA-TV reports Open Minds Recovery Services is expected to open by mid-August in Mount Hope. The 100-bed facility will treat males dealing with drug addiction.

Naloxone Training Gaining Popularity in Huntington

Apr 8, 2016

On West Virginia Morning, in Huntington a training program to teach people how to use a drug that reserves a heroin overdose is proving popular.  And R & B great Mavis Staples is along with our Mountain Stage Song of the Week. 

These stories coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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The public is invited to attend the viewing of a new documentary about drug addiction.

The Exponent Telegram reports the film, "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict," is slated for its first public viewing in West Virginia on April 7 at 6 p.m. at Fairmont State University in Fairmont.

Lawmakers Battle Addiction In West Virginia

Feb 3, 2016
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On this West Virginia Morning, the chairs of the House and Senate are attempting to take on one of West Virginia's biggest problems- substance abuse.

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Construction is underway for an all-female drug rehabilitation facility in Raleigh County.

WVVA-TV reports Leon Brush and his wife, Donita Brush, decided to create The Sparrow's Nest to mimic the treatment and success happening at Brian's Safehouse in Mount Hope. The couple founded the non-profit organization, which has been in operation since 2008.

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A federal prosecutor in southern West Virginia has unveiled a smartphone app to provide resources for people struggling with drug addiction.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says The Call WV app can provide assistance finding places to get help with addiction, including treatment facilities.

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On West Virginia Morning, Appalachia Health News reporter Kara Lofton has the story about a new smartphone app and website that will help those addicted to drugs find treatment help.  Also, the national office supply store Staples is supporting the Clean Power Plan.  We’ll find out why. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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West Virginia has the highest rate of youth drug overdose deaths in the country, according to a new national report.

The study, produced by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health, found that nationwide, youth drug overdose deaths have more than doubled among people aged 12-25.

On West Virginia Morning, reporter Liz McCormick talks with poet and activist Nikki Giovanni who was the writer in residence at the Appalachian Heritage Festival at Shepherd University.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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The nation’s substance abuse epidemic is taking center stage after President Obama announced new federal policies to combat the issue Wednesday. The president announced those changes during a trip to Charleston.

A Profile of a Young Recovering Addict in W. Va.

Oct 21, 2015

On West Virginia Morning, Roxy Todd reports from NPR with an overview of the state's substance abuse issues ahead of President Obama's visit to Charleston today.  Also, voices from Nicholas County gathered by students at Richwood High School from people who have a message for the President about drug abuse.  The latest from the Blankenship trial on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - telling West Virginia's story.

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In West Virginia, the number of heroin overdoses has increased almost five-fold since 2010. So today, President Obama will visit West Virginia to host a community discussion about what's needed to help prevent and stop drug addiction across the U.S.

There's Progress in the War on Drugs in So. W. Va.

Sep 23, 2015

On West Virginia Morning, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District says progress is being made in fighting the war on drugs.  Also, in Wheeling, we meet a group of nuns who are traveling through various states on their way to see Pope Francis in Washington D. C.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

U.S. Attorney Unveils Addiction Action Plan

Sep 14, 2015

On West Virginia Morning, a new state pay system could mean some state workers will get pay raises and others won’t.  Ashton Marra reports from legislative interim meetings at the state capitol.  And Glynis Board talks with U.S. District Attorney for northern West Virginia about his addiction action plan.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Needle Exchange Program Begins in Huntington

Sep 2, 2015

On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis reports from Huntington where a clean needle exchange program for those addicted to drugs begins today.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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