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Christiansen Named Director of DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy


Gov. Jim Justice today announced the appointment of Dr. Matthew Christiansen as director of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ (DHHR) Office of Drug Control Policy.  Christiansen replaces Bob Hansen who has announced his retirement.

Even as we continue our efforts to respond to the ongoing pandemic, our fight against the terrible drug crisis in our state has not stopped,” Gov. Justice said. “Dr. Christiansen is familiar with West Virginia’s battle against opioids and substance use, and he has worked closely with Bob Hansen. I’m confident that he’ll do a great work in this important role.”


Dr. Christiansen practices primary care and addiction medicine at Marshall Health and PROACT and is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Health, Division of Addiction Sciences, at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Additionally, he is the medical director and board president of Ebenezer Medical Outreach, a free clinic in Huntington.

“Combatting our state’s drug crisis has been a number one priority for Governor Justice and his entire administration,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary. “I am pleased that Dr. Christiansen will offer a seamless transition to this most important position. We are very grateful for Bob Hansen’s service to the state and his countless efforts.”

Dr. Christiansen holds a BS from Denison University, an MD from Marshall University, and a master’s in public health from Marshall University. Dr. Christiansen’s appointment is effective immediately and he will transition into the position over the next month. 

“I am truly humbled to serve on behalf of my fellow West Virginians in this position,” said Dr. Christiansen. “Working with individuals in recovery has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career and I look forward to working at a state level to expand and support recovery services continuing Bob Hansen’s legacy with the ODCP. I look forward to the day that we see our state recover from this terrible epidemic.”

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