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Healing Appalachia 2023

The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute (WVDII) has announced a partnership with Murphy Innovative Solutions and Concepts, and Hope in the Hills to train concert goers on the life-saving, overdose reversal drug, naloxone during Healing Appalachia, a music festival focused on supporting recovery. Healing Appalachia is set for September 21-23 at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds in Lewisburg.


“Together Murphy Innovative Solutions and Concepts, the Institute, and Hope in the Hills—with the help of our sponsors like Gibson Guitars and Hikma Pharmaceuticals—plan to train all attendees (more than 11,000) on the use of intranasal naloxone,” explained Institute President, Dr. Susan Bissett.  “The overall economic impact of the project exceeds $500,000, but more importantly, we have the potential to save more than 11,000 lives as event attendees return to their communities equipped to respond to drug overdose-this is truly an event where we have the opportunity to heal Appalachia by saving lives.”

WV DII offers Naloxone training for anyone who would like to be prepared to help in the event of an opioid overdose. The training includes:

  • How to properly use Naloxone

  • How to recognize the symptoms of an overdose

  • Using Naloxone to reverse an overdose

  • A dose of Naloxone for use in an overdose situation


Take the FREE Naloxone Training course by clicking here!

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