Posts Tagged Opioid Crisis
A 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.
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.
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.
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.
Lawmakers 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.