Governor McAuliffe creates opioid executive team

Courtesy Gov. Terry McAuliffe
Courtesy Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive directive on Monday to create an executive leadership team to oversee statewide efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

“I want to thank the dedicated experts and advocates who worked hard as part of our task force to develop an action plan for combating the prescription drug and heroin epidemic here in Virginia,” Governor McAuliffe said in a news release. “The Executive Leadership Team I created today will continue to turn those recommendations into action so that we can keep up the important work of saving lives in every corner of our Commonwealth. We have made strides, but our overdose deaths continue to rise, and we cannot relent.”

The Executive Leadership Team will continue work that was started two years ago when Gov. McAuliffe created the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse. The task force more than 50 recommendations on opioid-related actions throughout the state.

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Amy Poulter has lived in more than a dozen cities – including New York, San Antonio, Austin, Orlando and Jersey City – but she was born right here in the Southside. Amy graduated from Old Dominion University and worked for The Virginian-Pilot and Princess Anne Independent News before joining Southside Daily. Before working as a multimedia journalist, she was a professional chef and musician. In her free time, Amy enjoys listening to music, reading, spending time at the beach and chasing her two pups around the park.