Addictions Action Summit to be held Thursday

PARKERSBURG — What’s Next MOV will hold an Addictions Action Summit Thursday evening at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

The summit will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday in WVU-P’s Multi-purpose Room.

The event is open to the public and is part of the group’s Community Conversations dealing with addiction and the opioid epidemic in West Virginia and Ohio.

Jean Ambrose, a member of What’s Next MOV and one of the Community Conversations organizers, said the purpose of the summit is “to build on what came out of the conversations” and to determine a course of action moving forward.

“What’s Next MOV will facilitate the process of defining projects that are doable now, and the ideas that still need more research and discussion,” Ambrose said. “The end goal of the meeting is to match people who want to get involved in solutions with ways to move forward.”

Community Conversations events were held in July in Parkersburg, Belpre and Marietta.

Those conversations “produced a general consensus about what addiction looks like here in the MOV and what its causes are, as well as many ideas for ways to tackle the issue,” Ambrose said.