Faith-based organizations hold conference on addressing opioid crisis

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A conference will be held Saturday in Morgantown on how the faith community is addressing the opioid crisis.

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Catholic Charities West Virginia and the West Virginia Council of Churches are hosting the event, “Faith Hope Love: Creating Connections for Healing,” at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

The conference will focus on how those in the faith community are providing services to those dealing with addiction.

“Almost everyone has a personal connection to someone experiencing the disease of addiction. It is so good to be able to get together and listen to our faith tradition to help us navigate this complicated web,” said Kate Kosydar, parish social ministry coordinator with Catholic Charities West Virginia, in a statement.

Dr. Kevin Blankenship will offer the keynote presentation; Blankenship is the founder and medical director of Jacob’s Ladder, a working farm that provides individuals with treatment options.

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