McAuliffe signs bills to continue fighting opioid epidemic
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McAuliffe signs bills to continue fighting opioid epidemic

Focus on prescribing and help for recovery Richmond – Governor Terry McAuliffe signed several bills on Feb. 23 that will help fight the epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose. “Abuse of opioids continues to kill Virginians,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We recognize that addiction is a disease, not a moral failing, and our proposals for this … Continue reading

Opioid addiction crisis declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia
Education / Health / Virginia

Opioid addiction crisis declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday, Nov. 21, that State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP, has declared the Virginia opioid addiction crisis a Public Health Emergency. This declaration comes in response to the growing number of overdoses attributed to opioid use, and evidence that Carfentanil, a highly dangerous synthetic opioid used … Continue reading

McAuliffe announces website to help combat prescription drug and heroin addiction in Virginia
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McAuliffe announces website to help combat prescription drug and heroin addiction in Virginia

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Tuesday, Nov. 1, the launch of http://www.VaAware.com, a new website developed as an informational tool for Virginia’s fight against prescription drug and heroin abuse in Virginia. As a recommendation of the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse in Virginia, VaAware.com features specific pages for parents, health-care … Continue reading

Feds to distribute $53 million to states to fight opioids
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Feds to distribute $53 million to states to fight opioids

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it will distribute $53 million to 44 states in an effort to curb opioid abuse. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says the funding will focus on reducing over-prescribing of pain killers, increasing access to treatment and making sure the antidote naloxone is widely available. The administration … Continue reading