Addiction Policy Forum Launches Statewide Resource to Address the Addiction Crisis in West Virginia
Residents in West Virginia Can Now Find Local Addiction Treatment Facilities and Health Care Providers
PRINCETON, W.V. — Addiction Policy Forum (APF), a leading addiction nonprofit, has expanded its Addiction Resource Center (ARC) to include treatment resources, facilities and health care providers specific to West Virginia residents.
“West Virginia saw a 25.3-percent increase in overdose deaths from 2015 to 2016. With resources added to the ARC database to help connect West Virginia residents to local services, we hope to see these numbers decrease as more patients and families access the help they need,” said Jessica Hulsey Nickel, Addiction Policy Forum President and CEO.
The ARC includes a comprehensive, interactive website to help individuals and families struggling with addiction learn about substance use disorders and access critical resources. This platform dispels harmful myths about addiction by presenting the science behind the disease in easy-to-read formats, guiding concerned individuals through a self-assessment tool, helping to develop a proposed action plan and providing a database of local treatment providers. The ARC also includes a resource line staffed by addiction counselors, licensed social workers, and peer recovery support advocates that provide callers with substance use disorder-related information, education on treatment options, and support. West Virginia residents can call the line at 1-833-301-HELP (4357), Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST.
“West Virginia was in the top five states that saw the highest increases in overdose deaths from 2015-2016. I am hopeful that providing West Virginians with these new vetted treatment and healthcare resources will make an impact in the addiction crisis that is taking so many lives in our state,” says Erica Ellis Bartling, State Chair of Addiction Policy Forum’s West Virginia State Chapter.
APF, which has chapters in 20 states and a national office in Washington, D.C., plans to continue adding state-specific resources to its database throughout 2018. In addition to addressing addiction through community resources, APF is committed to affecting policy change at the local, state and national levels and raising awareness of the nationwide addiction crisis.
About Addiction Policy Forum
The Addiction Policy Forum is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2015 as a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction, and to improve programs and policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery and criminal justice reform. Jessica Hulsey Nickel, whose own family was devastated by addiction, is the founder of a coalition of 1,700 families impacted by substance use disorders and is available for further explanation and interviews by media.
More information on our mission and projects is available at http://addictionpolicy.org.