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Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic
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Virginia

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Virginia Community

S.A.F.E. Project US holds community-based coordination events in Virginia that bring together community leaders, local law enforcement, medical personnel, educators and families that are affected by the opioid crisis. Families who have lost children, spouses or partners who have lost loved ones, as well as friends and supporters are encouraged to attend our community events to add their perspective and insight to help rid their community of the opioid epidemic.

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The opioid crisis is more than a passing news story in Southwest Virginia. In fact, one city in the area has the highest per capita rate for opioid prescriptions in the entire country.

Drug enforcement increases in Central Virginia amid opioid epidemic
https://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/drug-enforcement-increases-in-central-virginia-amid-opioid-epidemic/article_ee59b018-fb62-534c-be80-349b4daea016.html
 
Walmart to limit opioid prescriptions to 7-day supply
http://www.nbc12.com/story/38139249/walmart-to-limit-opioid-prescriptions-to-7-day-supply
 
How Police And Social Services Can Work Together To Fight Opioid Abuse
http://wvtf.org/post/how-police-and-social-services-can-work-together-fight-opioid-abuse
 
Opioid Overdoses Claimed Lives of Over 1,200 Virginia Residents Last Year
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Opioid-Overdose-Deaths-in-Virginia-in-2017--480170023.html
 
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► In 2016, there were 1,130 opioid-related overdose deaths­­­ in Virginia—a rate of 13.5 deaths per 100,000 persons—compared to the national rate of 13.3 deaths per 100,000 persons. Source: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/virginia-opioid-summary

► Since 2010, the number of heroin-related overdose deaths has increased from 45 to 450 deaths—a tenfold increase. Overdose deaths related to synthetic opioids have increased even more dramatically from 87 to 648 deaths. Source: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/virginia-opioid-summary

► In 2015, Virginia providers wrote 70 opioid prescriptions per 100 persons (approximately 5.6 million prescriptions). Source: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/virginia-opioid-summary