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Virginia gets nearly $10M to fight opioid crisis

Virginia is getting nearly $10 million in federal money to help in its fight against the opioid epidemic.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office announced Friday that the state has received a $9.76 million grant. It will be used to purchase medication, support the medical staff necessary to prescribe and oversee clinical treatment, and remove barriers to access, such as transportation.

In 2016, more than 1,100 Virginians died from an opioid overdose, including prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl. The crisis was declared a public health emergency in November.

The grant money comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Agreed Mr Erickson:
We all agree with trying to fix the problem or help those who have these issues.  But throwing money at the problem out of compassion will not fix it.  Humans will always be imperfect.  Who will monitor this huge money bucket for the taking?  when its given out who gets it?  how do we know the recipients will not waste it?  we dont

Yeah let’s give adrenaline junkies free needles.  I’d rather that Virginia invest in their abortion clinics and keep future generations off of the streets and off of the drugs.  Drugs are bad.

You and your recreation drugs and alcohol abuse should not be paid for by tax dollars ever. We need the nanny state to end. My brother in law a drinker got a liver continued to drink after the operation and died within 2 years, a pure waste of a liver. Suffer the consequences of your actions don’t burden society with your horrible choices. Not my circus and not my monkey! Self centered enough not to abuse substances that for sure.

Mr. Erickson;
I’ll bet that if your son or daughter, or S.O. needed medication and treatment for an OD you’d be pleading for help with anyone who would listen.

You’re just another person who is self-centered until you need the help, and then nothing could come fast enough for you

Wasted money on drug addicts. Free drugs for druggies but we have to pay for epi-pens. Cut this funding post haste.

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