Virginia Declares Opioid Addiction a Public Health Emergency

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared opioid addiction a Public Health Emergency on November 21 after a statement from the state’s Health Commissioner Marissa Levine.

The number of deaths caused by opioid addiction is expected to increase by 77% in 2016 compared to 2011, the Virginia Department of Health said in a statement.

While opioid addiction affects users of all ages, college-aged young adults are more likely to have an addiction.

Dr. Hughes Melton, VDH Chief Deputy...

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