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New director of West Virginia Office of Drug Control Policy shares vision


The Register-Herald

Dr. Michael Brumage, assistant dean for public health practice and service and newly-appointed director of the Office of Drug Control Policy in the Dept. of Health and Human Resources.
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BECKLEY, W.Va. — Using the recently released opioid response plan from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources as a centerpiece, the new Office of Drug Control Policy director aims to build upon the plan with areas of his own expertise.

Dr. Michael Brumage, appointed as director earlier this month, hopes to focus on the role ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) play in the opioid epidemic, as well as how providers can approach pain management with and without medication.

“ACEs is a major risk factor that hasn’t been addressed in the context of opioid epidemic,” Brumage said.

A CDC-Kaiser Permanente study conducted in the mid to late 1990s with 17,000 participants revealed how adverse childhood experiences can impact health and behavior in the long term.

Based on childhood abuse, neglect and household challenges, respondents were given a score between 0 and 10 based on how many adverse experiences to which they were exposed.

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