W.Va. Office of Drug Control Policy sees progress, more treatment beds coming

BECKLEY, W.Va. —

Bob Hansen

, the new head of West Virginia’s Office of Drug Control Policy, sees progress in West Virginia’s uphill battle with a drug crisis that’s reached every facet of life in the state. He points to a decline in overdoses in Cabell County and a much-needed increase in the number of drug treatment beds.

At the same time, the constant turnover at that office, which was created by the Legislature in 2017, means that Hansen, a few weeks into the job, is now considering steps that typically take place at the beginning of a science-based project, such as developing parameters to measure success. And it means that while DHHR reported in mid-2018 that overdose deaths appeared to be leveling off in the state, state officials don’t know exactly which of their efforts are working most effectively and should be replicated.

Read the entire article at https://www.register-herald.com/news/state_region/odcp-more-treatment-beds-coming/article_e96880b3-21d0-51ba-8f4e-feb8ad29b878.html

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