In 2017, House Bill 2620 was signed into law creating the Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP). Under the direction of West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch, the ODCP leads development of all programs and services related to the prevention, treatment and reduction of substance use disorder, in coordination with Department bureaus and other state agencies.
Director, Bob Hansen
WV Department of Health and Human Resources
Office of Drug Control Policy
One Davis Square, Suite 100 East
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 558-0684
Senate Bill 273 (Opioid Reduction Act)
Effective June 7, 2018, the legislation sets limitations on opioid prescriptions and authorizes a “nonopioid directive
” patients can put in their medical files, formally notifying health care professionals they do not want to be prescribed or administered opioid medications. Learn more
Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Use Disorder (GACSUD)
GACSUD provides guidance and recommends priorities addressing substance use disorders in West Virginia.
In February 2018, Gov. Jim Justice announced a partnership between DHHR and West Virginia University (WVU) to develop pilot projects in at least two West Virginia counties to combat the drug problem at the local level. Wyoming County has been selected for southern West Virginia and an announcement will be made on the county selected for the northern part of the State.
West Virginia Opioid Response Plan
The ODCP worked with a panel of national and regional public health experts to garner public input and review science-supported options to reduce the number of overdose deaths in the State. Learn more.
West Virginia Overdose Fatality Analysis
In January 2018, DHHR released the 2016 West Virginia Overdose Fatality Analysis: Healthcare Systems Utilization, Risk Factors, and Opportunities for Intervention The effort was led by DHHR, the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn more.
ODCP is charged with creating a central repository of drug overdose information in order to collect data on fatal and non-fatal overdoses caused by abuse and misuse of prescription
and illicit drugs from law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, heath care facilities and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner through the West Virginia Drug Control
Ryan Brown Addiction
Prevention and Recovery Fund
The Ryan Brown Addiction Prevention
and Recovery Fund, also known as House Bill 2428, was passed by the West
Virginia Legislature during the 2017 regular legislative session. This
legislation mandates that DHHR identify need and allocate additional treatment
beds in the state to be operated by the private sector. These beds are intended
to provide substance use disorder treatment services in existing or newly
To donate to the Ryan Brown Addiction Prevention and Recovery Fund, please send a
check, with a comment that it is intended for the Ryan Brown Fund, to:
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
One Davis Square, Suite 403
Charleston, WV 25301
Current Funding Announcements
Funding opportunities are available at DHHR's Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities website. Learn more