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Overdose prevention and creating a recovery community, priorities for New River CTC

New River Community and Technical College President Dr. Bonny Copenhaver and Dean of Student Affairs Peter Hoeman met with licensed psychologist Susie Mullens with the West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network for training in June.

New River CTC is working with the Alliance for Economic Development of Southern West Virginia to build collegiate recovery communities on the college’s four campuses. Working with the Alliance, the college plans to offer peer support services and Recovery Ally Training starting this fall.

“It’s crucial for us to reduce the stigma surrounding recovery and to increase outreach and offer support for our students,” Copenhaver explained. “We want our students to know that we’re glad that they’re here, and we’re here to help them.”

The recent training focused on overdose prevention, reducing the stigma of addiction and administration of three versions of Naloxone, a lifesaving medication that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. The training will also be offered to staff and faculty.

“We very much appreciate Dr. Copenhaver’s interest in recovery and support for our program and we are looking forward to growing recovery support with New River,” said Mullens.

For information about programs at New River CTC, visit www.newriver.edu, email admissions@newriver.edu or call 866-349-3739.