Substance Abuse & Hep-C Program at Bluefield State University

A program focused on substance abuse in West Virginia, its impact, and strategies for prevention and intervention will take place on March 11, 1 pm, in the Hebert Gallery/Harris-Jefferson Student Center at Bluefield State University.  Cheryl Belcher MSN, FNP and a BSU RN-to-BSN faculty member, will present the program, which has been approved by the WV Board of Professional Nurses to provide 2.4 contact hours for RNs: 20-944160.  The program is open to the public, as well.

“I will cover topics about the prevalence of substance abuse in West Virginia, including opioids, marijuana, and stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamines,” Belcher noted.  “The economic impact and health consequences of substance abuse will be examined, as well as the stigma and barriers that are associated with it. How communities and the state of West Virginia are addressing substance abuse and hepatitis C will also be reviewed.”  Mrs. Belcher will also address the relationship between IV drugs and hepatitis C, who should be tested, transmission, vulnerable populations, health consequences, and treatment. 

Megan Hicks, a peer recovery support specialist with WV Collegiate Recovery Network, will conclude the presentation and provide educational resources for attendees.

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