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WV Bureau of Health and Health Facilities, Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention

 

WV Bureau of Health and Health Facilities, Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention

 Partnership Activities:

After a WVU ICRC presentation at the WV Behavioral Health Planning Council meeting on January 15, 2015 on take-home naloxone, and preliminary findings of the southern WV feasibility study, Ms. Kathy Paxton, director of alcohol and substance abuse prevention for the WV BHHF, invited Dr. Gurka and Mr. Linn to make similar presentations at all six of the upcoming regional WV Governor’s Substance Abuse Task Force meetings across WV. Ms. Paxton was subsequently invited to attend the exploratory meeting on take-home naloxone at the U.S. Attorney’s office on February 12, 2015. Although the six Task Force presentations, and the exploratory meeting on take-home naloxone all occurred after January 31, 2015, the initiation of this partnership actually occurred at the January 2015 meeting of the WV Behavioral Health Planning Council meeting in Flatwoods, WV.

 

Public Health Impact of Partnership:

The WV BHHF is the single state agency (SSA) for grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) in WV. The WV BHHF manages the Governor's Task Force on Substance Abuse, which is organized in six regions across the state, under the management of six regional prevention coordinators. The initiative to explore the replication of Project Lazarus in WV (which was discussed at the February 12 exploratory meeting at the U.S. Attorney's office) will be undertaken through the collaboration of WVU ICRC, WV BHHF, Mr. Fred Brason II (Project Lazarus) and the U.S. Attorney's Office. This collaboration aims to implement Project Lazarus style programs in communities in WV to reduce the toll of opioid overdose.

 

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