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WV DII Launches Project to Discern Community Perceptions of Harm Reduction Efforts

For Immediate Release


Dr. Susan Bissett


January 8, 2021--The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute, Inc. (WV DII) launched a project designed to access community opinions on SUD, harm reduction and syringe exchange programs.

“The project is not intended to evaluate any specific program but will assess community perceptions and attitudes and determine gaps that exist in addressing SUD in our community (specifically in Kanawha County).” explained Dr. Susan Bissett, WV DII President.

The research will include an online, (anonymous) short-survey individuals can complete. The survey will be open to the public via the Institute’s website,, from January 8 through 22, 2021. Individuals wishing to participate in additional discussion (listening sessions or focus groups in late-January) can choose to identify themselves and share contact information.

The project will culminate in the release of a report summarizing the survey data and focus group discussion along with recommendations for addressing SUD in Kanawha County and the State.



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