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Dr. Kelly Gurka and Herb Linn present preliminary findings of the opioid overdose prevention feasibility study to the WV Behavioral Health Planning Council in January, and six regional meetings of the WV Governor's Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force in February.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A presentation on take-home naloxone, and the preliminary results of the WVU ICRC-Region 5 collaborative study that is examining the feasibility and acceptability of take-home naloxone programs in southern WV was given recently by Dr. Kelly Gurka, the WVU ICRC Assistant Director for Education/Training and Principal Investigator on the study, and Herb Linn, the WVU ICRC Assistant Director for Outreach, to a meeting of the WV Behavioral Health Planning Council.  The Council, an advisory committee to the WV Bureau of Behavioral Health and Health Facilities, met on January 15, 2015 at the WV Department of Health and Human Resources office in Braxton County, WV. 

A similar presentation was also given at meetings of each of the 6 Governor’s Substance Abuse Task Force Regions in WV during the month of February 2015.  These regional meetings were held on February 3 in Martinsburg, WV (Region 2), February 4 in Bridgeport, WV (Region 4); February 10 in Ripley, WV (Region 3); February 11 in Beckley, WV (Region 6); February 12 in Huntington, WV (Region 5); and February 25 in Wheeling, WV (Region 1).


Pictured below following the Region 1 meeting in Wheeling, WV (February 25, 2015) are Martha  Minter, Assistant Director, Community Access, Inc.; Kathy Paxton, Director of the Division on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, WV Bureau of Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BHHF); Jenny Lancaster, Terzetto Creative, LLC (BHHF contractor); and Herb Linn, WVU ICRC.