University of Charleston

Charleston, WV,  (October 28)  – Lindsay Acree, assistant professor at University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, (UCSOP) has been awarded two grants totaling over $1.2 million to combat the opioid epidemic in West Virginia. The State Targeted Response Grand and Prescription Drug Overdose Grant were awarded by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau of Behavioral Health.

The purpose of the State Targeted Response Grant is to provide naloxone to high-risk individuals within the state of West Virginia. Acree will facilitate and oversee the distribution of naloxone to several programs and agencies. The Prescription Drug Overdose Grant provided naloxone to four high-risk counties in the state of community training and distribution. The goal with this program and expected outcome is to reduce the amount of drug overdoses by 30% in the counties in in which the program is to be implemented.

The UCSOP will collaborate with West Virginia University and the Bureau of Behavioral Health to identify high-risk counties that indicated a need for naloxone as a community intervention for overdose. Student pharmacists at the UCSOP will assist in facilitation of this project and will gain hands-on experience in the treatment of substance use disorders.