Posts Tagged Opioid Crisis

“Dopesick” Roanoke Author on the Dealers, Doctors and Drug Company That Addicted America

macy_dopesickA best-selling author from Roanoke has again put her journalism skills to work on a true story that reads like a novel. Former Roanoke Times Reporter, Beth Macy, wrote “Factory Man” and “Truevine.” Now, she’s out with her third book, this one, about the opioid crisis and its origins here in Virginia. It’s called “Dopesick.” Robbie Harris reports.

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Local Governments Continue to Bring Lawsuits In On-Going Opioid Crisis

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Local governments across Virginia say they have become overwhelmed by the cost of the opioid epidemic. Michael Pope reports they’re now taking their case to court.

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As Lawmakers Mull Medicaid Expansion, ER Visits Related to Opioid Use Continue to Rise

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Downtown Waynesboro. The small town in the Shenandoah Valley has seen the largest increase of emergency room visits related to opioid use in the state since 2015. (Credit: Creative Commons)

The opioid crisis continues to plague Virginia, and some are hoping members of the General Assembly might be able to take action to do something about it. Michael Pope has the story.

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Could Big Data Help Curb the Opioid Crisis?

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Can data solve the opioid crisis? One member of Congress from Virginia thinks it’s worth a try. Michael Pope has the story.

*Editor’s Note: After this story was published, Rep. Comstock’s office vigorously disputed any implication from political analyst Quentin Kidd that the legislation has any political motivation.  In a phone call, Comstock said the opioid crisis “is not a partisan issue.”  She also noted her previous involvement in speaking about and addressing the issue  both in Congress and in the Virginia General Assembly.  That context should have been included in the original story.

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Delegate: Strip Searches Needed To Fight Opioids

General Assembly 2018-01Lawmakers in Richmond are considering a number of bills responding to the opioid crisis.

Sheriffs across Virginia are worried that the opioid crisis is coming to a jail near you. That’s why they are asking Delegate Patrick Hope, a Democrat from Arlington, to introduce legislation allowing strip searches of inmates.

Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Congressional Delegation Weighs In On Opioid Emergency Declaration

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President Donald Trump recently declared the nation’s opioid crisis as a national health emergency. While Republicans are hailing the move, Democrats say it still falls short. Matt Laslo reports.

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Opioid Crisis Costs Virginia About $6 Billion a Year in Lost Productivity

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Virginia’s opioid crisis has a well-known human cost. But what’s the financial cost? A new study shows how much it is hurting our economy. Michael Pope reports.

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Gillespie Wants to Use State Funds for Long-Term Addiction Treatment Centers

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Gillespie at a roundtable on addiction treatment in Richmond Wednesday. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

On the campaign trail, Virginia’s Republican candidate for Governor is talking about how to save taxpayer money, while also tackling the opioid epidemic. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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What Would the Senate’s Healthcare Bill Mean for Virginia’s Opioid Epidemic?

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While lawmakers on Capitol Hill are debating health care, Virginia is in the midst of an opioid crisis. So how would the bills currently being debated address that crisis? Michael Pope has the story.

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Shenandoah Valley Program Aims to Share Life-Saving Overdose Drug

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In response to Virginia’s opioid crisis, which the State Health Commissioner declared a “public health emergency” last year, counties across the Commonwealth are stepping up their efforts to wage war against fatal overdoses. A new program in Central Shenandoah makes it easier for locals to stop an overdose in its tracks. Jessie Knadler reports.

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New Fund Looks to Help Stem Tide of Opioid Crisis

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For the record number of people addicted to opiates in Virginia, help is on the way. Michael Pope reports.

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