Posts Tagged Opioid Crisis
Congressman Griffith Wants to Prevent People from Taking Advantage of Opioid Crisis
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on November 17, 2020
The opioid crisis is still gripping rural parts of Virginia, and one Virginia congressman is taking action to limit its supply. Michael Pope reports.
Lawmakers Pave the Way for More Needle Exchanges
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on February 25, 2020
Thanks to legislation that’s now on it’s way to the Governor’s desk any Virginia locality will be able to start a needle exchange. The bill also makes it easier to get those new sites up and running. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
“Dopesick” Roanoke Author on the Dealers, Doctors and Drug Company That Addicted America
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on August 2, 2018
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 Continue to Bring Lawsuits In On-Going Opioid Crisis
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on July 27, 2018
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.
As Lawmakers Mull Medicaid Expansion, ER Visits Related to Opioid Use Continue to Rise
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on May 18, 2018
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.
Could Big Data Help Curb the Opioid Crisis?
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on May 1, 2018
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.
Delegate: Strip Searches Needed To Fight Opioids
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on January 18, 2018
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.
Virginia Congressional Delegation Weighs In On Opioid Emergency Declaration
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.
Opioid Crisis Costs Virginia About $6 Billion a Year in Lost Productivity
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.
Gillespie Wants to Use State Funds for Long-Term Addiction Treatment Centers
Posted by dmjones101 in Virginia's News on July 12, 2017
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.
What Would the Senate’s Healthcare Bill Mean for Virginia’s Opioid Epidemic?
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on June 28, 2017
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.
Shenandoah Valley Program Aims to Share Life-Saving Overdose Drug
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on May 5, 2017
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.
New Fund Looks to Help Stem Tide of Opioid Crisis
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on April 26, 2017
For the record number of people addicted to opiates in Virginia, help is on the way. Michael Pope reports.