CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources wants to hear from the public about how they think the state should combat the opioid epidemic.

The West Virginia Opioid Response Plan panel will hold a public hearing from 1-4 p.m. Thursday in Charleston.

The panel is made up of regional and national experts who will develop ideas for an opioid response plan to submit to the state Legislature in January.

The draft plan will be developed with ideas from the public and from the expert panel.

This comes after Governor Jim Justice signed HB 2620 into law this year to create the Office of Drug Control Policy.

The office is under the direction of Bill Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary, and Dr. Rahul Gupta, state health officer and commissioner for the state DHHR’s’ Bureau for Public Health.

Thursday’s meeting will be held at the West Virginia Water Development Authority located at 1009 Bullitt Street in Charleston.

West Virginians are encouraged to submit their comments and share ideas for prevention, early intervention/screening, treatment, recovery, decreasing overdoses, and reducing maternal drug use and neonatal abstinence syndrome.

The state DHHR is accepting public comments online through Dec. 30. To submit your ideas, CLICK HERE.

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