State website aims to combat drug overdoses, connect community

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State launches website

VaAware.com aims to raise statewide awareness about opioid and heroin abuse. (Photo courtesy of VaAware.com)

VaAware.com is connecting Virginians to information about prescription drug and heroin abuse and where to find local addiction treatment.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the website’s launch on Tuesday. It aims to be a resource for everyone in the community, from parents and health-care providers to law enforcement members and addicts seeking help, according to a news release.

“This website is an important tool to help those struggling with addiction and their family members find resources available in Virginia, and to provide a resource to health care and public safety professionals seeking the latest information in our efforts to end this epidemic,”said Gov. McAuliffe in a news release. “Deaths from prescription drug overdoses doubled in Virginia over the past 15 years, while heroin-related deaths tripled from 2011 to 2015.”

The website is a collaboration between the Department of Health Professions, the Virginia Department of Health, the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services.

“Our duty as public officials is to bring all the key stakeholders to the table and develop effective solutions,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran in a news release. “This website will prove to be a useful tool for the law enforcement community as we collectively and cohesively combat the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic.”

 

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