Herring calls for continued commitment to fighting opioid crisis

During remarks in Virginia Beach before the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference, Attorney General Mark Herring outlined his recommended next steps for the Commonwealth of Virginia to confront the national epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse.

mark herringHerring has made combating the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic a top priority, attacking the problem with a multifaceted approach that includes enforcementeducation, prevention, and legislation designed to save lives.

“The opioid crisis is the most pressing public safety and public health crisis confronting Virginia today. It is a wave that has been building for decades and we’re now seeing it wash over communities and families in every corner of the country, and from every walk of life,” said Attorney General Herring. “This epidemic doesn’t discriminate and it doesn’t lend itself to simple solutions like more arrests, or simple messages like ‘just stop using.’ We have to recognize that this is a complex problem that calls for a multifaceted solution. My team and I have been working on this problem every day for nearly four years, and we’re not going to stop because we are still losing too many treasured friends, spouses, siblings, children, and parents to this epidemic.”

During his term, Attorney General Herring and his team have:

Going forward, Attorney General Herring will expand on the collaborative, multi-faceted approach that has proved successful in raising awareness of the problem, educating Virginians on the realities of substance use disorder, and helping to save lives.



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