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A Multi-Pronged, Proactive Approach to the Opioid Crisis

Prescription pills, opioid crisis

On October 26, 2017, President Trump declared the Opioid Crisis a “public health emergency,” establishing a mechanism to devote considerable federal resources to help combat the growing opioid crisis, and setting in motion a coordinated approach by several federal agencies to focus on and eliminate this dire crisis. Read More ›

Substance Abuse Alert: West Virginia Expands Medicaid Program to Cover Naloxone Treatment, Methadone Treatment and Short-Term Residential Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

In 2015, West Virginia experienced the highest rate of deaths due to opioid overdoses in the United States, resulting in 41.5 deaths per 100,000 people, and a remarkable one-year increase in opioid deaths of 15%. The opioid crisis in West Virginia has garnered a lot of attention, including concerted efforts by the State and federal governments to increase the availability of treatment options to stem the crisis, especially for the Medicaid eligible population. Read More ›

West Virginia Physician Alert: Remember, You Are Recommending Medical Marijuana, Not Prescribing It.

West Virginia Medical Marijuana prescribing vs. recommending part 2

In West Virginia, medical marijuana will soon be a treatment option for physicians and patients, and it’s vital that both parties understand the difference between a “prescription” and a “recommendation.”  Otherwise, a physician may face serious sanctions if this is not made clear in all communications. Read More ›

Medical Marijuana Takes Root in West Virginia

West Virginia Capitol Building

West Virginia is the 29th state to authorize medical marijuana use. Read More ›

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