West Virginia has been devastated by the opioid crisis. In 2017, 947 West Virginia residents died from a drug overdose, leaving thousands of families devastated, but leaders in the field have established programs giving us hope.
The Innovation Now initiative recognizes innovators and leaders across the many sectors needed at the table to address addiction--prevention, treatment, recovery, child welfare, criminal justice, law enforcement and health professionals–leaders who are creating solutions and driving change.
"In West Virginia, communities are coming together to support one another to find solutions," shared Jessica Hulsey, founder of the Addiction Policy Forum. "We are honored to feature programs in the field of child welfare, early intervention, prevention, treatment, recovery, criminal justice and research from West Virginia that can serve as models and inspiration for the country."