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Holiday Fund Drive Focuses on Combatting the Devastating Effects of Addiction on Communities Nation


Contact: Dr. Susan Bissett


Holiday Fund Drive Focuses on Combatting the Devastating Effects of

Addiction on Communities Nationwide

November 6, 2023 (Charleston, WV) — The Drug Intervention Institute has announced a holiday fundraising campaign to combat the devastating effects of opioid and drug-related deaths in the region. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s provisional data, the United States exceeded 110,000 overdose deaths in 2022.

“Our annual appeal is a critical fundraising initiative that allows us to provide essential services and support to those affected by drug addiction, particularly during the holiday season when the need is even more significant,” said Institute President, Dr. Susan Bissett.

The Institute’s impact has been substantial since its inception in 2019.

  • Over 100,000 fentanyl test strips distributed in all 55 counties in West Virginia

  • Over 6,000 doses of naloxone distributed in all 55 counties in West Virginia

  • 27 college campuses in West Virginia participating in “Be the One,” an active training and recovery support programs

  • Over 40,000 youth and families educated on medication safety in West Virginia

  • Over 8,000 ONEbox™ Emergency Opioid Reversal Kits distributed across the United States with more than 100 lives saved nationwide

  • Over 30,000 persons nationwide trained on the administration of intranasal naloxone and overdose response (online and in person)

“The Institute is making a significant difference in the addiction crisis facing our state and nation, and this campaign invites everyone to participate in these life-saving initiatives,” added Bissett.

Donors are encouraged to focus on supporting specific initiatives at various contribution levels. These levels range from $25 to $1,000, with each amount directly supporting a method of education and prevention for the community. Visit: to view the various levels and make a donation.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Bissett at 304-941-4182 or email


About the WV Drug Intervention Institute

Located in Charleston, WV, the mission of the Drug Intervention Institute is to reduce opioid and drug-related deaths in Appalachia and the nation by (a) preventing substance use through education (b) reducing overdose through training and distribution related to naloxone and other opioid reversal agents, and (c) supporting harm reduction and other drug-response efforts.



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