WVU-P hosts opioid solutions meeting

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WOOD COUNTY, W.Va.-(WTAP) Community members from the local area got together Friday to determine whether and addiction prevention program that worked elsewhere in West Virginia can work here.

WVU-Parkersburg joined with the McDonough Foundation to host a day-long overdose prevention meeting.

Wood County is among the first of a dozen cities in the state to discuss a program that's resulted in a 40% drop in overdoses in the last three years, and a 24% drop in fatal overdoses in just the past year.

"Our goal is to make sure we have every person in the community who wants to do something around substance abuse," says Lyn O'Connell, Associated Director of Addiction Services for Marshall Health, "and those with the resources and ability and connections to do that."

"Communities can pick and choose what might work for their community," notes McDonough Foundation President Bob Boone, "which might be different than what might work for Huntington. They may develop their own programs and services."

Organizers say each city hosting its own event can come up with its own plan to combat addiction.

A handbook developed by the city of Huntington is the model for those local plans.