CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will hold a public meeting as part of an effort to develop an opioid response plan through public engagement and a partnership with regional and national experts.

The Register-Herald reports that the department invites the public and subject matter experts to Thursday’s meeting at the West Virginia Water Development Authority in Charleston. Speakers will present on the West Virginia Opioid Fatality Report, and discuss the stigma associated with addiction, as well as the significance of treatment.

Comments and ideas on prevention, early intervention and screening, treatment, recovery, decreasing overdoses and reducing maternal drug use and neonatal abstinence syndrome will be considered for the West Virginia Opioid Response Plan that will be submitted to Gov. Jim Justice and the state legislature.

Information from: The Register-Herald,

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