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West Virginia News

News stories from the past 60 days.

The Doctor And The Epidemic: Three Years At Ground Zero Of The Opioid Crisis
Oct 15, 2018 - Highlights the work of Dr. Rahul Gupta, a West Virginia doctor who worked as the state's chief health officer during the height of the opioid epidemic. Discusses stigma and the creation of a data profile based on 830 residents who fatally overdosed in 2016 to serve as a "social autopsy" to help local health officials identify and connect people to resources. Also touches on a contaminated water crisis in the state and on Gupta's future work, including mothers with opioid use disorder and infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Source: 89.3 WFPL
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'You Just Don't Touch That Tap Water Unless Absolutely Necessary'
Oct 3, 2018 - Discusses national water quality concerns related to infrastructure as well as environmental contamination, focusing on a Kentucky town near the West Virginia border to illustrate the issue. Most of the nation's pipes have reached their life expectancy point, but replacing the system would be incredibly expensive. Some water systems are privately owned as well, making infrastructure upgrades more complicated.
Source: NPR
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WVU Researchers Focus on School-Based Healthcare in Appalachia
Oct 3, 2018 - Discusses an interdisciplinary team of West Virginia University researchers looking at how school-based health centers can improve both children's health and their educational outcomes. The research will take place over the next three years and focus on the impact of school-based health centers in rural areas of the state.
Source: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, West Virginia University
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Rural Risk: Mobile Clinics Help Tackle Multifaceted Opioid Crisis
Aug 20, 2018 - Describes the work of two mobile clinics in the Ohio Valley working to help minimize the harm caused by the opioid epidemic. One provides education about the use of naloxone, teaching people how to help a person who has overdosed on opioids, as well as distributing naloxone. The other offers needle-cleaning kits, testing for hepatitis C, and refers people to other health services in their area. Using a mobile clinic allows these programs to reach rural people who might not have the ability to travel for these services.
Source: WFPL News
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Last Updated: 10/16/2018