West Virginia

West Virginia Limits Opioid Prescribing

After leading the nation is overdose deaths (52 out of every 100,000 people in the state died last year from overdose), West Virginia legislators have taken steps to alleviate some of the problem by setting limits on prescription opioids. As reported in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, state lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would limit how much pain medicine doctors can… Continue Reading West Virginia Limits Opioid Prescribing

Mother Daughter

WV Nurse Treats Daughter in ER for Overdose

West Virginia has been ravaged by the current opioid epidemic, and Hope Steele was just minutes away from being another sad statistic. When Steele overdosed on heroin for the first time in October of last year, she said emergency paramedics told her that if they had arrived just minutes later, she would have been dead. Fortunately, they revived her with… Continue Reading WV Nurse Treats Daughter in ER for Overdose

Police Dogs Overdosing

In West Virginia, Even the Police Dogs are Overdosing

Suzanne Bell, director of the West Virginia University Department of Forensic and Investigative Science, is on the frontline of West Virginia’s opioid crisis, and the news she has is unsettling. “In the field, typically officers in the past would have a color change agent of some type … and if there’s a suspicious powder they would test it,” Bell said.… Continue Reading In West Virginia, Even the Police Dogs are Overdosing

Drug Monitoring

In West Virginia, Has Restricting Rx Meds Caused More Heroin Deaths?

Call it the law of unintended consequences. Across the nation, 49 states have so-called prescription drug monitoring programs, and 36 states have laws requiring doctors to check them. But some new research adds an important caveat about how well prescription drug monitoring programs work. After West Virginia required doctors to use its database, overdoses from heroin among 18- to 34-year-olds… Continue Reading In West Virginia, Has Restricting Rx Meds Caused More Heroin Deaths?