To say that the country is in a crisis due to opioid abuse is a massive understatement, and Westmoreland County is not immune to this spreading disease. However, for some, the sheer depth of the influence that opioids have is not apparent. A town hall meeting and panel discussion inside the George D. English Building in Montross aimed to alert people just how serious the crisis is, and what they can do to help prevent it from extending any further. The meeting was sponsored by the Coalition for Healthy Virginia Communities in partnership with the Three Rivers Health District and MPNN CSB Prevention, Health, & Wellness division.
Death statistics related to opioid misuse are disturbing and eye opening. Statewide, fatal heroin overdoses have gone up 6 fold, while in Richmond, it is even worse, with a 7 fold increase. All told, there have been over 10,000 deaths by opioid overdose in the last ten years. In this region alone, there were 114 reported deaths from overdoses, and 23 were from Westmoreland County. In southwest Virginia, which has been hit especially hard by the crisis, there are more deaths from opioid overdoses than there are deaths from car accidents or incidents that involved guns.
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