September is Recovery Month and Public Defender Services is hosting a free CLE for defense attorneys and non-attorneys working with indigent defendants to learn more about the current drug use trends in West Virginia as well as the effect COVID-19 has had on substance use. Dr. Matthew Christiansen, Director of the State’s Office of Drug Control Policy, will discuss substance use issues in West Virginia and best practices for addiction treatment and recovery.
This presentation will give a brief overview of the current drug use trends in the state and a summary of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on substance use disorders and addiction. It will include a summary of the efforts so far to address addiction in the state, a review of the evidence on best practices for addiction treatment and recovery, and the path forward for WV.
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Dr. Matthew Christiansen, Director of the Office of Drug Control Policy for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), plans and directs West Virginia’s efforts in combating the opioid epidemic. He was appointed to this position in October 2020 by Governor Jim Justice. Dr. Christiansen is board certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine and also serves as Associate Professor in the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Health, Division of Addiction Sciences. Prior to his appointment to the Office of Drug Control Policy, Dr. Christiansen was active in treatment of addiction/dependence across the lifespan. He has lectured across the tri-state area on addiction issues from a public health and primary care perspective. Dr. Christiansen earned an MD and MPH from Marshall University.