AG Herring addresses Hampton Roads leaders on heroin abuse

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Heroin and opiate abuse have impacted Hampton Roads greatly. That’s why local and state officials have created a multifaceted approach to alleviating the issue.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring carried that message Wednesday at the Hampton-Newport News Community Service Board’s Annual Thanksgiving Banquet. He highlighted enforcement and education to help prevent people from becoming addicts in the first place.

“When you talk about the numbers of people that we’re losing to overdose deaths, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that each and every one of those people was a son, daughter, brother, sister and a family;s life has been turned upside down,” Herring said. “So, if there is one overdose death, that is one too many.”

In September, Herring launched an effort with United States Attorney Dana Boente to prevent overdose deaths and increase awareness of the heroin/opioid crisis in Hampton Roads.

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