High School Football
Listen Now: Morning News

DHHR issues alert for increasing drug overdoses in 23 counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An overdose alert has been issued for almost half of West Virginia.

Bill Crouch

The state Department of Health and Human Resources is warning that 23 of the state’s 55 counties are considered high risk for an increase in drug overdoses.

Officials are encouraging residents to obtain the opioid reversal drug naloxone from their local pharmacy or health department to combat the increase.

“We’re working hard to make sure if we know those overdoses are coming, to make sure we push more naloxone out there, but fentanyl is our problem,” state DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch said during Gov. Jim Justice’s Wednesday media briefing.

The DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy has a predictive model that is used to issue the alert based on overdose activities in neighboring states like Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Crouch said those out-of-state overdoses will eventually bleed into West Virginia.

“We’re going to see those same overdoses in those same overdoses in about 36 hours as those drugs spread through West Virginia,” he said.

Crouch said that’s why the state is working to get ahead of the problem by alerting the public.

“We’re trying to watch what’s going on around us and make sure we react and try to save lives,” he said. “This problem is not going away.”

The alert was issued for Berkeley, Boone, Brooke, Cabell, Clay, Grant, Hampshire, Hancock,
Hardy, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mason, Mineral, Mingo, Morgan, Ohio,
Pendleton, Putnam, Wayne and Wetzel counties.

Naloxone can be obtained from your local pharmacy or health department. To access treatment and recovery resources, call 1- 844-HELP4WV.

More News

MetroNews This Morning 10-2-23
Summary of West Virginia news/sports/weather for Monday, October 2, 2023
October 2, 2023 - 6:28 am
Justice provides minimal detail about liabilities, loans from former adviser Bray Cary
Justice's financial disclosure form revealed assets valued at millions of dollars -- with many listed as providing little or no income.
October 1, 2023 - 8:01 pm
Boscov's grand opening set for later this week in Bridgeport
Multiday celebration scheduled.
October 1, 2023 - 6:20 pm
Bridgeport first responders to join North Central West Virginia Airport staff for emergency response drill
The drill is set for Wednesday night.
October 1, 2023 - 3:08 pm