State Participating in Huntington's Drug Intervention Program

Updated 2 years ago by Brian Chambers, Director of Communications City of Huntington
State Participating in Huntington's Drug Intervention Program
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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced during a press conference at City Hall today that it will provide $10,000 in funding, as well as $10,000 in technical support, to the Cabell-Huntington Health Department to launch West Virginia's first-ever syringe exchange program.

The program is considered part of a harm-reduction program to reduce the risk of spreading diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS.

Joining Mayor Steve Williams at the press conference were Karen Bowling, cabinet secretary for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Dr. Rahul Gupta, state health officer and commissioner for the Bureau for Public Health, Dr. Michael Kilkenny, physician director of the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, and Cabell County Delegate Matt Rohrbach.

"As the Mayor's Office of Drug Control Policy set forth an aggressive effort to defeat the epidemic of hopelessness and addiction, our intent was to challenge the traditional inclinations of our community to be transformed into thoughtful, nontraditional initiatives," Mayor Steve Williams said. "I commend the DHHR and Cabell-Huntington Health Depatment for boldly embracing the challenge. Our community is setting a public health standard that likely be emulated across the state."

The one-year pilot project is expected to launch by late summer or early fall.

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