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W.Va. Office of Drug Control Policy gets 3rd leader in year

December 3, 2018

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Bob Hansen has been appointed the third director of the West Virginia Office of Drug Control Policy in less than a year.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Hansen’s appointment Monday along with the formation of a council of addiction and recovery experts to help fight the state’s opioid epidemic.

Hansen has served since January 2017 as director of addiction services at Marshall University’s School of Medicine and Marshall Health. He coordinated patient services and developed the medical school’s response to the opioid crisis.

Hansen also spent 22 years with mental health service provider Prestera before retiring in 2012.

Hansen replaces Michael Brumage, who stepped down in March less than two months after his appointment. Brumage had replaced Jim Johnson, who left in January after about four months on the job.

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