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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 9, 2015

Ohio Valley addiction professionals launch roadmap to treatment website

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Substance abuse treatment professionals in the Ohio Valley have created a new website, www.drugfreeov.com, with the goal of reducing the impact of drug addiction on the community by helping people obtain treatment.

“Addiction is a disease that can’t be managed alone.  Those suffering from addiction and their families need help, support, and treatment,” reflected Mark A. Games, President and CEO of Northwood Health Systems. “Unfortunately, finding treatment is often a daunting task.  That’s why the United States Attorney’s Addiction Action Plan and the treatment community have developed this website.  It’s a simple, easy tool for identifying the signs of addiction, and finding treatment. It is our hope this web site will provide our community with a roadmap from addiction, to treatment, and ultimately to recovery.”

The website contains basic information about addiction, a description of common opioids, a comprehensive list of treatment providers in the area, and an addiction screening test.

“Opioid dependence does not just impact the user. The grip of addiction extends to the entire family,” noted David Blum, Clinical Director at Healthways. “Opioid abuse can rob our loved ones of their futures. Too often we have watched a parent’s sadness surrounding their child’s addiction turn to anger and frustration because they do not know where to turn for help. We are very proud of the new roadmap to treatment website and we believe it will provide the community with critical information to help themselves or someone they love.”

The United States Attorney’s Addiction Action Plan is a program that began in 2014 in the Ohio Valley and that is now being implemented throughout Northern West Virginia. The goals of the plan include decreasing heroin use, promoting increased access to quality substance abuse treatment, choking off the supply of heroin to the region, and making West Virginia stronger, safer, and healthier.

 

Updated January 8, 2016