AG Morrisey discusses opioid recovery during pandemic

Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 6:51 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Even in the current environment, there have been victories in getting people clean and sober.

Dan Stephens, Pastor of Parkersburg’s Bible Baptist Church, says his church has had two people struggle with-and overcome-addiction.

“One, in particular, has gone over a year now being clean and productive,” Pastor Stephens told us. “That’s partly because of the faith-based initiatives the governor as well as Patrick Morrisey has helped with, particularly High on Hope Ministries and Tim Craft.”

In some ways, High on Hope has been the face of addiction recovery in our area.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Thursday discussed the state’s-and even neighboring states’-efforts in turning the tide. Not easy, when the focus has been on another illness.

“During COVID, with more people unemployed, they could easily fall through relapse, because they’re isolated, they’re not connected with other people,” Morrisey said during a session at the High on Hope headquarters. “We have to find ways to do that.”

There’s hope the money from recently approved federal legislation-some of it in the hands of West Virginia leaders-can help the region fight an epidemic, that’s worsened during a pandemic.

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