West Virginia Priority Topic Investments

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West Virginia Overdose Investment Snapshot

Combatting the current overdose crisis is a priority for the agency. This page provides an overview of the FY21 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) overdose investments for the state of West Virginia.

There were 91,799 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2020 (28.3 deaths per 100,000 standard population), a stark 30% increase from 2019. Approximately 75% of drug overdose deaths in 2020 involved an opioid, with synthetic opioids (e.g., illicitly manufactured fentanyls) accounting for more than 80% of all opioid-involved deaths. Drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids increased by 55% and deaths involving psychostimulants (e.g., methamphetamine) increased by 47% from 2019 to 2020. Drug overdose deaths involving cocaine also increased by 22%.

In 2020 in West Virginia there were:

1,330

overdose deaths

81.4

overdose deaths per 100,000 people (age-adjusted)

Source: NVSS – Drug Overdose Deaths

Overdose Funding At A Glance
Overdose Funding At A Glance
West Virginia

$6,834,418

FY21 West Virginia Total Overdose Prevention Funding

 

FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • West Virginia State Award: $6,653,952

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*
  • Monongalia County Evidence-Building Award: $105,966

 

*average award amount

Examples of How West Virginia Is Working to Prevent Overdose

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Rapid response

West Virginia organized over 29 quick response teams comprising first responders, law enforcement officers, substance abuse counselors, and peer specialists that deploy and link people who have overdosed to treatment services.

healthcare
PDMP overdose notification

West Virginia’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) flagged suspected non-fatal overdoses in near-real time, sending an automated email notification to prescribers who have issued any controlled substance within 60 days prior to the overdose incident. Providers were given information about treatment, evidence-based guidelines, and preventing a fatal overdose.

CDC Overdose Prevention Strategies

CDC’s Injury Center plays a critical role in addressing the drug overdose epidemic by driving progress in the five strategic priorities that guide CDC’s response framework for preventing overdoses.

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West Virginia Suicide Prevention Investment Snapshot

Preventing suicide is a priority for the agency. This page provides an overview of the FY21 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) suicide prevention investments for the state of West Virginia.

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for almost 46,000 deaths in 2020, which is about one death every 11 minutes. The number of people who think about or attempt suicide is even higher. In 2020, 12.2 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.2 million planned a suicide attempt, and 1.2 million attempted suicide.

In 2020 in West Virginia there were:

354

suicide deaths

19.5

suicide deaths per 100,000 people (age-adjusted)

Suicide Prevention Funding At A Glance
Suicide Funding At A Glance
West Virginia

$145,985

FY21 West Virginia Total Suicide Prevention Funding

 

 

FY21 Awards

Emergency Department Surveillance of Nonfatal Suicide-Related Outcomes (ED-SNSRO)

  • West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services: $145,985

Examples of How West Virginia Is Working to Prevent Suicide

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Clarifying definitions

The West Virginia surveillance team reviewed terms that had often been  miscoded in hospital records, including suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. As a result, the state team refined terminology to improve data quality.

CDC Suicide Prevention Strategies

Suicide is preventable and there is no single cause, so prevention requires addressing the multiple factors linked to suicide at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels. As such, CDC is leading a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. Such an approach aims to prevent people from becoming suicidal in the first place and support people at increased risk. CDC uses data to track and monitor suicide trends, research possible risks and what works to prevent them, and help communities put proven suicide prevention strategies into place.

CDC’s Suicide Prevention Resource for Action outlines seven strategies that are based on the best available evidence to help communities and states focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent suicide.

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    Strengthen economic supports
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    Create protective environments
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    Improve access and delivery of suicide care
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    Promote healthy connections
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    Teach coping and problem-solving skills
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    Identify and support people at risk
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    Lessen harms and prevent future risk
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    Near Real-Time Surveillance
    Improving surveillance – collecting better and more timely data is also an important strategy to better understand, monitor, and prevent suicide and suicidal behavior. Expanding surveillance of nonfatal suicide-related outcomes (e.g., suicide attempts, suicide ideation) can help improve timeliness of data, identify spikes, and inform prevention and response.

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