drug epidemic

Service providers have ideas on how WV’s $1 billion in opioid settlement money should be spent

BY: - October 6, 2023

Over the next few years West Virginia is set to receive a record $1 billion in opioid settlement funds that are meant to help quell the ongoing drug and overdose epidemic, but for those who work with people who use drugs and those in recovery, questions remain on the best use of that money. The […]

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (center) speaks as Public Safety Director Steve McCraw (left) looks on at a news conference on October 17, 2022 in Beaumont, Texas.

States stiffen penalties for fentanyl, despite public health concerns

BY: - July 24, 2023

As they struggle to reduce drug overdose deaths, policymakers across the United States are embroiled in a heated debate over creating and increasing criminal penalties related to fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that’s up to 100 times more potent than morphine. Legislators pushing the new wave of criminal penalties say the laws will deter drug […]

HIV blood test tube and prescription on table.

Kanawha County HIV rates decline for the first time since 2018

BY: - July 11, 2023

For the first time since 2021 — when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dubbed Kanawha County as home to “the most concerning” HIV outbreak in the nation tied to injected drug use — Dr. Christine Teague is feeling encouraged. Teague, who runs the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program at Charleston Area Medical Center, said […]