On Jan. 30, the West Virginia Department of
Health and Human Resources (DHHR) submitted final recommendations for the
State’s Opioid Response Plan to Gov. Jim Justice (D-WV) and the West Virginia
Legislature. The report
includes 12 high priority recommendations for immediate action across six areas
of implementation: prevention, early intervention, treatment, overdose
reversal, recovery, and supporting families with substance use disorder.
Of the 12 recommendations, two may have direct
impact on ADEA members: 1) West Virginia should expand the authority of medical
professional boards and public health officials to address inappropriate
prescribing of pain medications; and 2) West Virginia should limit the duration
of initial opioid prescriptions.