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U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of WV

 

U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of WV

 

Partnership Activities:

The U.S. Attorney for the WV Southern District, Mr. Booth Goodwin, has been a leader in the state in the battle against opioid overdose. When WVU ICRC proposed to conduct an exploratory meeting on expanded distribution of naloxone in West Virginia, Mr. Goodwin was enthusiastic, and agreed to partner to bring such a meeting to fruition. Mr. Goodwin offered to host the meeting in the U.S. Attorney's conference room. The Center and the U.S. Attorney’s Office collaborated on developing a list of invitees and preparing an agenda during the reporting period. The meeting itself was ultimately held on February 12, 2015, due largely to the availability of key participants, including Mr. Brason of Project Lazarus.    

 

Public Health Impact of Partnership:

West Virginia has the highest drug-related poisoning death rate in the U.S., largely due to prescription drug overdoses. This is a new partnership that was initiated in January 2015 to leverage activity that was occurring on several fronts in efforts to reduce opioid abuse and overdose in West Virginia. For example, legislation had been introduced in the WV legislature to facilitate take-home naloxone programs. Also, the preliminary findings from the feasibility study being conducted by a WVU ICRC-WV Substance Abuse Region 5 partnership (described above) suggested that such programs could be effective in rural southern WV counties. Further, conversations between WVU ICRC and Mr. Fred Brason II, president and CEO of Project Lazarus (North Carolina) revealed his interest in working with West Virginia. Finally, interest was noted on the part of many individuals and organizations across the state.

 

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