West Virginia opioid abuse News

Study: Fentanyl Deaths up 122% in West Virginia

West Virginia University researchers say fentanyl deaths are up 122% in the state. The college released the results of a study into the powerful synthetic opioid last month. Analysts looked at all drug-related deaths in West Virginia between 2005 to …

West Virginia to Receive $14.6M in Federal Funds to Fight Opioid Addiction

West Virginia will receive $14.6 million in federal funds to fight opioid addiction. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding in a news release Thursday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant …

West Virginia City Reports Overdose Deaths Doubled in 2018

Drug overdose deaths doubled in one West Virginia community last year. The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports figures released Jan. 22 by Wheeling police show officers responded to 13 overdose deaths last year, compared with six in 2017 and three …

Report: DEA, Distributors Not Doing Enough to Fix West Virginia Opioid Crisis

A congressional report on prescription pill dumping in West Virginia blames U.S. prescription drug distributors and the Drug Enforcement Administration for not doing enough to help mitigate the nation’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis. The 324-page report released Dec. 19 …

West Virginia Drug Overdose Deaths Reached Record High in 2017

New West Virginia health information shows drug overdose deaths have increased to more than 1,000 in a one-year period for the first time. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Health Statistics Center’s most recent data also shows 870 deaths …

West Virginia Gov Signs Bill Limiting Opioid Prescriptions

West Virginia’s governor has signed legislation to limit opioid prescriptions that doctors can prescribe to treat acute pain. Gov. Jim Justice signed the bill last week that would limit such prescriptions to supplies lasting three, four or seven days, depending …

11 More West Virginia Towns, Counties Sue Over Opioid Crisis

Eleven additional local West Virginia governments are suing drug companies who they say failed to follow state and federal law to prevent the distribution and abuse of prescription pain medication that’s created the state’s opioid crisis. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports …

Judge Denies McKesson Bid to Keep Lawsuit Out of West Virginia County

The nation’s largest prescription drug distributor has lost its bid to keep a lawsuit out of a West Virginia county. News outlets report a judge rejected McKesson’s claim that it has no duty under state law to refuse to ship …

Report: West Virginia Controlled Substance Dispensing Down 11.7% in 2017

A West Virginia board report says state pharmacies dispensed 31 million fewer controlled substances last year, a trend the board’s acting chief says is due to heightened awareness about prescription medication overdose deaths. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the decline was …

West Virginia Proposes Comprehensive Drug Plan to Address State Opioid Crisis

State health officials are proposing a multifaceted plan for confronting the drug crisis killing hundreds of West Virginians each year, one that would require action by everyone from lawmakers to doctors to judges to emergency responders to the general public. …