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WVU Extension Summit on Substance Misuse focuses on state’s next steps

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WHO: West Virginia University Extension Service faculty, staff and administrators, faculty from WVU academic units and various guest speakers

WHAT: A summit to bring WVU Extension Service employees together who work with state and community programs to raise awareness of the current state of the opioid crisis, highlight strengths of current Extension programs and create a shared Extension vision to respond to community needs.

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to noon

WHERE: WVU Jackson’s Mill, 160 Jackson Mill Rd., Weston, W.Va., 26452

WHY: The WVU Extension Service is a wide and multi-faceted organization, and with this comes the need for faculty and staff from all over the state to highlight their local efforts and partnerships that address substance misuse to the cohesive group to inform, inspire and collaborate with their peers.

With organization-wide collaboration, the WVU Extension Service can create a shared vision to comprehensively respond to West Virginia’s needs more immediately as well as look at areas where there’s opportunity to grow through partnerships and identify additional funding sources that can help implement the programs in all areas.


Monday, Sept. 17

·       11 a.m. to noon – Dr. Kevin Blankenship, Founder and Medical Director of the Jacob’s Ladder Addiction Recovery Program

·       12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Lunch. Speakers, WVU Extension Service faculty and staff may be available to talk to media between sessions.

·       1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Misty Martin, Director of Marie’s Recovery House and Mark Utterback, Director of Farming of the Jacob’s Ladder Addiction Recovery Program

Tuesday, Sept. 18

·       11 a.m. to noon – Dr. Michael Brumage, WVU School of Public Health



Contact: Zane Lacko, WVU Extension Communications

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