Tim Kaine visits local opioid treatment facility

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) was in Hampton Roads Tuesday as a part of Virginia’s battle to fight the opioid epidemic.

Kaine stopped at an opioid and methadone treatment facility in Newport News Tuesday morning, and talked with women who are going through treatment.

The senator created the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act this summer to help stop opioid abuse.

During an hour-long conversation Tuesday, Kaine discussed what’s being done about opioids and what needs to be done.

At the Newport News facility, there are 16 beds for women who are either pregnant or have babies, and are addicted to drugs and need detox treatment.

Some of the women Kaine spoke with Tuesday are on probation, others just recently got out of prison.

According to officials, drug overdoses is a problem that kills more Virginians than car crashes. And, the number of overdoses keeps growing. Nearly 728 Virginians died of prescription and drug overdoses in 2015.

“This is a problem that doesn’t respect region, race, class. It’s significant around the Commonwealth and around the country,” said Kaine.