West Virginia is no stranger to the heartache of addiction. According to the West Virginia Department of Health, drug overdose is the leading cause of death among West Virginians under 45. And even now, opioids remain the leading cause of overdoses. For years, addiction professionals have been asking for funding for more addiction resources. In Marion County, new addiction resources will help save and transform people’s lives.
Addiction Resources Keep People Alive
Fatal overdoses are heartbreaking, and even more so in a pandemic. Many people in recovery have relapsed under the strain of isolation. And for every deadly overdose, other people with opioid use disorder and other addictions still enter the hospital.
Overdoses have a public health cost and often can be life-altering. People can end up with organ failure and other disabilities when they overdose on certain drugs. Sometimes, an unknown underlying condition can cause dangerous complications when coupled with opioids and other narcotic use.
The people who are overdosing are the tip of the iceberg. Other people who are newly addicted to opioids are at home, in the shadows, at risk of overdose or COVID-19 complications. Helping these people get clean and begin their recovery is a way to minimize overdoses.
Adding addiction resources for people who want to get sober is an essential weapon in fighting the addiction epidemic. And now, West Virginia can give its citizen the help they need.
New WV Addiction Facilities
Morgantown-based Valley HealthCare System is building the new facility, which cost about 7 million dollars. It is a three-building campus on nine acres of land. In total, there will be 80 beds for people in the facility.
Other facilities owned by Valley HealthCare system have 20 beds, so the hope is to combine those programs and move them into the new buildings. Gerry Schmidt, the company’s chief operating officer, explained to the media.
“We’re going to be not only larger, but more diverse in terms of our treatment approach and length of stay. Right now, we treat patients in two different programs. One’s called the ACT unit, which is a more traditional 28-day program, and then there’s the New Beginnings program, which is an extended care program for women. Both of those programs will be expanded,” Schmidt explained about the new program.