Governor launches website aimed at addressing heroin, opioid abuse in Va.

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VIRGINIA (WAVY) — The Commonwealth announced Tuesday the launch of a new website developed as an informational tool for the fight against prescription drug and heroin abuse in Virginia.

VaAware.com features specific pages for parents, healthcare providers, law enforcement and those seeking help with addiction. It came about as a recommendation of the governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse in the Commonwealth.

McAuliffe’s office said in a press release that state officials are actively working to combat this epidemic. More than half of the recommendations made by the governor’s opioid task force have already been or are currently being implemented.

“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 Governor McAuliffe. “Deaths from prescription drug overdoses doubled in Virginia over the past 15 years, while heroin-related deaths tripled from 2011 to 2015. We must all do our part to bring positive change to the lives of Virginians battling substance abuse, and I am proud of our state agencies for their teamwork and dedication to this important initiative.”

The website is the result of collaboration between four Virginia agencies: 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. The site is hosted and maintained by the Department of Health Professions.

Click here to find resources and informational materials aimed at addressing the opioid and heroin crisis throughout the state.