During just five years from 2014-18, drug overdoses claimed at least 4,098 lives in our state. That is nearly twice the number of West Virginians who perished fighting in the Korean and Vietnam wars combined. Any questions about whether we are engaged in a war against substance abuse?

A symposium held recently in Roanoke, W.Va., intended to find better ways to address the crisis. Sponsors for the event provide an idea of how seriously the epidemic is being taken: West Virginia University’s School of Public Health, WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, Marshall University, The Health Plan and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. 

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