2018 Champion City

Huntington, WV : 2018 Winner

Tackling Compassion Fatigue for Huntington’s Opioid Emergency Responders

  • 48,113

  • Steve Williams

  • Directly Elected Mayor

    Type of Government
  • 4 years

    Length of Term
  • Health

    Issue Area

The Problem

Huntington’s first responders face 10 times the national average of opioid overdoses resulting in feelings of depleted empathy, higher turnover, and less capacity to deliver high-quality care.

The Idea

The City of Huntington will support first responders on the front line of the opioid crisis by embedding mental healthcare professionals within emergency response departments, ensuring that first responders are able to give the best care possible to opioid users.

What Steve Williams, Mayor of Huntington, WV is saying:

Because Huntington has been aggressive in identifying ways to combat all facets of the opioid crisis and is now seeing positive results, such as a 41 percent decline in overdoses this year, we are becoming known as the epicenter of the solution. That work must include taking care of our first responders, who are working tirelessly on the front lines of this crisis.


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