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Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, the Chicago Teachers Union goes on strike, and retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - WV: Mental Health

The West Virginia public school system has been searching for ways to fund more counseling and support services for students. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Federal funds could help pay for badly needed behavioral-health support services in public schools, advocates say. Young people from families caught in the drug crisis desperately need the support of counselors and social workers, said Kathleen "Kat" Stoll, director of We

Part of what makes Substance Abuse Disorder so hard to treat is the way it takes over a deeply rooted, animal part of the brain. (rebcenter/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Brain science can help explain why people with serious addictions are so out of control, and why many addicts have trauma in their history. Jessica Holton is a licensed clinical social worker and addiction specialist teaching in Charleston this week. She said in her pract

Social workers such as Michelle Kosa, and recovering addicts such as Michael Honaker, swear by Suboxone and Medication Assisted Treatment for substance abuse disorder. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – West Virginia is debating the value of medication such as Suboxone for treating opioid addiction, but some advocates have no doubt. Michael Honaker, who was once hooked on opioids, says Suboxone saved his life. Properly used, Medication Assisted Treatment will ease the c

In some parts of West Virginia, the demand for foster parents is so high the system is being forced to turn to the classroom. (wokandapix/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In Ohio County, W.Va., the drug crisis is breaking up so many homes that the public schools are forced to ask teachers and staff to foster displaced children. Raquel McLeod and her husband both work for the schools in Wheeling. Three years ago they agreed to emergency fo

He's clean now, but not long ago, Jasen Edwards says he spent $21,000 on pain pills in 11 days. (Jasen Edwards)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Jasen Edwards is a coal miner who beat a $1,000-a-day pain pill habit - he says, just by knowing he wanted something better. Edwards lost a leg in a mine accident that introduced him to Oxycontin. He said within a couple of years he had lost everything, and was living in

State officials say West Virginia needs to increase support for families before they end up in crisis. (Bess-Hamiti/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Driven by the drug crisis, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is preparing a package of changes to child-welfare policies. The number of children taken into state custody has risen by about 50 percent since 2014. DHHR Deputy Secretary Jeremiah Samp

Three years ago, there were about 4,600 foster children in West Virginia. The number now is close to 6,700. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – West Virginia is in a foster care crisis, as many addicted parents lose custody of their children. According to a new group for foster parents, state government needs to consult more with the families taking the kids in. Marissa Sanders is a foster parent and founder of

South Charleston firefighters say they are called out to revive people who have overdosed nearly every day now. (SCFD)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A South Charleston firefighter says they're getting opioid overdose calls nearly every day. But, he said they have no place to send survivors who want to get clean. People in the trenches of the opioid battle have long said the state lacks enough long-term, residential su

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