WVU School of Public Health hosts panel discussion on harm reduction

Monongalia and Preston

West Virginia University is taking a closer look at the state’s growing opioid epidemic.

The WVU School of Public Health hosted a panel discussion on harm reduction Thursday morning in Morgantown.

Three experts talked about the various treatment programs, law enforcement practices and how the epidemic is affecting the community.

Two of the experts were from out of state and talked about how their states handle the problem compared to here in West Virginia.

“I’m coming from New York City where we have a very long, decades long experience responding to the problem of substance use,” said Dr. Holly Hagan of New York University. “New York City has been a heroin city for decades since the 1940’s.  I mean, the overdose fatality rate here continues to lead the nation in overdose deaths and that’s something really important to respond to because there’s no going back from an overdose death.”

The panel discussion is part of the School of Public Health’s “Dean’s Colloquium Series”. 

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