MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- About 200 doctors are getting help in recognizing, treating and reporting addiction to opioid medications.
Federal health-care experts and West Virginia University faculty led an all-day forum Friday in Morgantown to help physicians find a balance between treating and ensuring the safety of patients with chronic pain.
West Virginia has the country's second-highest rate of prescription drug deaths, and Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is backing two bills driven by the epidemic.
The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act would cut the number of opioid and methadone-related deaths through new training requirements for providers, consumer education and support for drug-monitoring programs.
Another bill would fund construction of more behavioral health centers.
At Rockefeller's urging, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provided similar training last fall in Lewisburg.