Drug Overdose

11:27 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Kanawha Co. Uses Twitter to Raise Overdose Awareness

Credit Kanawha County Heroin Eradication Association Taskforce

Kanawha County's emergency coordinator wants the public to know that heroin is a problem throughout the county.

Matthew Thomas is using Twitter to publicize drug overdoses in the county, including heroin. He gets notifications on his phone whenever Kanawha County Metro 911 receives an overdose call. He then tweets the overdose's location from the Kanawha County Heroin Eradication Association Taskforce's Twitter account.

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Hooked On Heroin
7:54 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

'It's Like Playing Russian Roulette With Your Life'---The Struggle With Heroin Addiction

Heroin is affecting more West Virginians than ever before, according to law enforcement officials.
Credit Creative Commons Photo

Editor's Note: West Virginia Public Radio is airing a four part series on heroin addiction in West Virginia. The number of deaths attributed to heroin overdoses in West Virginia is rising steadily. This story is a conversation with some of those seeking help and treatment for their addiction to the drug.

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9:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

The Law Works - Heroin and Methamphetamine

The only weekly television series that deals with legal issues of concern to citizens across West Virginia.

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The Legislature Today
6:54 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Drug Overdose Protection, False Claims Act, & Dr. Rahul Gupta on the Need for Medical Monitoring

The Senate amends a bill that would protect those seeking emergency medical attention for someone else experiencing a drug overdose and also discusses a bill that aims to reduce the variance gas prices across the state. The HouseĀ  Judiciary Committee takes another look at the False Claims Act. Dr. Rahul Gupta of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department talks medical monitoring and Gov. Tomblin's request to the CDC for more studies on the chemicals involved in the Jan. 9 chemical spill.

Drug Overdoses
4:03 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Bill to Protect Overdose Victims Advances in Senate

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee consider Senate Bill 419, the Overdose Prevention Act.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Senators amended a bill in committee Thursday they felt contained too many loopholes for people seeking emergency assistance during a drug overdose.

Senate Bill 419 is known as the Overdose Prevention Act.

After interim study and recommendation by the Joint Committee on Health, it originally provided immunities for certain offenses for a person who seeks medical help for him or herself or aide for another person who is experiencing an overdose, but some senators were worried the immunities were too broad.

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