West Virginia News
News stories from the past 60 days.
Jan 10, 2020 - The opioid epidemic has hit rural West Virginia hard, one school created the "life and recovery coach academy" to educate students on administering opioid overdose reversal medications and on how to help those struggling with substance use disorders.
Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting
'A Bottleneck in the System': Food Banks Have Excess of Food, but Not a Way to Get It to Rural Communities in Need
Jan 4, 2020 - Food banks in rural West Virginia are facing a number of challenges to get food to those that need it. This includes not having refrigeration trucks to get goods from larger food bank warehouses and lack of volunteers to keep the doors open.
Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail
Jan 1, 2020 - Examines trends that have shaped Ohio Valley's economy and health over the past ten years. Includes statistics on rural and urban population changes, median income shifts, the fall of the coal industry, the rise of the opioid epidemic, and healthcare access.
Source: Ohio Valley Resource
Dec 1, 2019 - Opinion article addresses the increase of HIV rates in rural areas of the U.S., with West Virginia identifying 80 new diagnoses in one county this last year. The author attributes the increase in HIV infections to the opioid epidemic and lack of access to healthcare in underserved and rural communities.
Source: The New York Times
Last Updated: 1/13/2020