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The Opioid Crisis Pain and Progress

The Opioid Crisis Pain and Progress

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Opioids continue to be a major public health crisis in Virginia, but evidence of progress is beginning to emerge, especially in Hampton Roads.

“We still have a long way to go,” said Carolyn Weems of Virginia Beach. Now an advocate for parents and addiction education, she lost her 21-year-old daughter Caitlyn to heroin five years ago.

Statewide, the number of opioid overdose deaths increased 8 percent last year, from 1,138 to 1,227. In other words, an average of more than three Virginians each day.  Attorney General Mark Herring says he has made the opioid crisis a top priority of his administration. “The numbers are still really, really large.



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