Healing Appalachia 2022
Dr. Susan Bissett, President of the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute (WVDII), Joe Murphy, CEO of Murphy Media and ONEbox LLC, and their teams are no strangers to the opioid epidemic. The two organizations have worked collaboratively over four years to create and promote innovative strategies to reduce overdose deaths throughout West Virginia.
During Healing Appalachia held at the West Virginia State Fair Grounds on September 23 and 24, 2022, the organizations distributed over 1201 ONEboxes (one box for each life lost to an opioid overdose in WV in 2021) and 2400 doses of 8mg intranasal naloxone. In addition, over 10,000 persons were trained from the stage before Tyler Childers, the headlining act, took the stage on Saturday night.
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