Cumberland Times-News

January 27, 2013

Tomblin takes recommendations from substance abuse council

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s Advisory Council on Substance Abuse presented its year-end report last week, providing policy and program recommendations for consideration by state lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session.

“Since coming together in 2011, we’ve taken numerous productive steps to rid our state and our families from the heartache and dangers substance abuse brings to our hometowns,” Tomblin said in a news release. “I appreciate the advisory council’s recommendations on the next step in our plan of action.”

The report submitted to the governor addresses regional projects completed and comprehensive legislation passed by legislators during the 2012 session. It also outlines new funding for expansion of substance abuse services awarded in all six regions of the state and speaks to the strategic action plan that has been implemented.

The recommendations presented by the council include: maintaining existing successful substance abuse programs, continuing efforts to develop community-based after-treatment recovery supports, encouraging ongoing efforts of substance abuse prevention coalitions, addressing emerging issues related to drug “take back” programs and proper disposal of collected drugs. The report also addresses the implementation of legislation, local ordinances and statewide policy changes related to prevention, early intervention, enforcement, treatment and recovery efforts.

The advisory council was created by executive order in September 2011. The news release from Tomblin’s office cites national data that show a decrease in prescription drug misuse among those aged 12 years or older in West Virginia for the first time since 2008.