In 2015, the Center for Disease Control, released findings from a major national study it had performed. In this study, data was collected by state on human death from drug overdose. The period of time involved reflected time from 1999 to 2015. The study’s findings are reported on line that in 2015 alone, West Virginia was the highest state in the US for recorded drug overdoses with 41 deaths per 100,000. On the national level, in 2015 the study reported opioids accounted for over 3,000 deaths.
As a result of the continued growing concern over opioid use by prescription and illegal means, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is hosting a public forum on Thursday. The reports the forum will occur in Charleston, West Virginia. The purpose of the forum is said to begin creating a “West Virginia Opioid Response Plan.” This plan will be constructed with public comment, regional input from professionals involved in health and human services, as well as other allied professions; comment on the broader scale, will be solicited nationally from those deemed knowledgeable concerning opioid use and misuse.
During the scheduled public forum, “The Register Herald” notes speakers are anticipated to discuss some of the following:
– Treatment issues related to opioid prescription
– Aspects related to addiction
– Number of recorded fatalities from drug overdose
– Early intervention and prevention
– Reducing maternal drug use
This forum is the first major step in the creation of what will be the West Virginia Opioid Response Plan. As mentioned, informed opinion at the regional and national level will also be combined to complete the elements of the plan. Once the plan has been fully prepared and edited, it will be presented to the current Governor of West Virginia and that state’s legislative body for consideration and action.