Friday, April 1, 2016

Substance abuse line takes more than 1,000 calls in 6 months

(AP) — A substance abuse and mental health call line established in September has taken more than 1,000 calls.

The first statewide 24-hour helpline launched in September as a way to connect West Virginia residents with recovery services. It is a collaborative initiative between First Choice Health Systems and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

First Choice outreach coordinator Jeremy Smith says there have been callers from 54 of the state's 55 counties in the first six months of operation. He said there are more callers every day and First Choice is able to connect them to one of 900 treatment centers where they can get help.

Smith said the helpline — 844-HELP4WV — makes it easier for those seeking help to find it.