KEYSER - Mineral County Commission president Jerry Whisner made an announcement during the Tuesday meeting of the agency of a step toward combatting opioid addiction with the introduction of a drug in late March through the Potomac Highland Guild.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Mineral County Commission president Jerry Whisner made an announcement during the Tuesday meeting of the agency of a step toward combatting opioid addiction with the introduction of a drug in late March through the Potomac Highland Guild.
He said the name of the drug is Vivitrol and is administered by a “once a month injection.”
Whisner said, “Help is needed” in this area with opioid use and those wanting to be part of this program “must be free of drugs for at least seven days.”
He said that the monthly injection is pricey, and each injection could cost “around $1,400.”
Also mentioning the length of time that may be needed for those addicted to opioids when using Vivitrol could be as long as two years.
“This new drug could help save someone’s son or daughter,” Whisner said.
Commissioner Roger Leatherman said that opioid usage and other illegal drugs are “part of the discussion at every monthly Mineral County Chamber of Commerce meeting.”
Whisner said, “The county commission is supporting the effort to get rid of the drug traffic in this county.”