Hampton Roads group created to address heroin crisis

A kit with naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan, is displayed at the South Jersey AIDS Alliance in Atlantic City, N.J. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. An overdose of opiates essentially makes the body forget to breathe. Naloxone works by blocking the brain receptors that opiates latch onto and helping the body "remember" to take in air. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — U.S. Attorney Dana Boente and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring are partnering to create a working group of officials to battle to ongoing heroin crisis.

Officials say the group will consist of local law enforcement officers, members of the medical and mental health communities and first responders.

This group will “aggressively and relentlessly” go after heroin dealers and look to “supply organizations,” according to a news release issued Thursday.

The group’s first meeting is scheduled for Sept. 21, which falls on the first National Heroin/Opiate Awareness Week in the United States (Sept. 19 through Sept. 23).

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