opioid crisis

Virginia Tackles Skyrocketing Drug Overdoses

Virginia Tackles Skyrocketing Drug Overdoses

Klay Porter, 32, recalls overdosing alone at his aunt's house five years ago from heroin laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. He remembers slipping away and thinking “this is it.” Porter isn’t alone. Opioid overdoses led to more than 9,900 emergency room visits in...

As Hospitals Monitor Drugs, Opioid Deaths See Decline

As Hospitals Monitor Drugs, Opioid Deaths See Decline

Virginia hospitals are monitoring painkiller prescriptions more closely and taking other steps to curb the opioid epidemic, and the efforts may be paying off: Drug overdoses in Virginia have dropped for the first time in six years. In 2016, the opioid epidemic was...

Fighting the Opioid Crisis in Southwest Virginia

Fighting the Opioid Crisis in Southwest Virginia

“Hi, would you like to be trained in administering Naloxone?” The pharmacy student was standing under the bleachers of the Wise County Fairground during the Remote Area Medical clinic, held last weekend, with a blue medical kit in hand. Admittedly, I had never heard...




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