A wide range of crucial health topics, including the opioid crisis, were discussed on Fridayy at the Wilson Lodge, Oglebay Resort and Conference Center. .
The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department hosted the Northern Panhandle Regional Public Health Conference.
The event was free and open to the public.
A number of speakers were on hand to talk about state-wide issues such as infectious disease and Meth Lab clean-up.
There were also several local topics on the agenda such as the needle exchange program in Hancock County.
Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, Administrator, Howard Gamble said, ” We term in the State as harm reduction program. These are programs where we not only do a needle exchange, exchange needles on for one the reduce what’s in the community but also may do other programs such as narcan distribution on larger programs where we would refer people for treatment.”
Ohio County EMA Director EMA Director Lou Vargo gave some details about the Stop the Bleed Kits that have been distributed throughout the area.
They are intended to provide the user with access to products that help stop traumatic bleeding.