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HHS Funding Release Provides Virginia Nearly $10 Million To Combat Opioids

April 19, 2018

The Department of Health and Human Services today released the second year of funding to 50 states, four U.S. territories, and the free associated states of Palau and Micronesia, totaling $485 million to continue the Nation’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis. Virginia will receive $9,762,332 in grant funds.

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Kaine, Hatch, Warren Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Improve Addiction Recovery Homes

April 17, 2018

U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, introduced the Ensuring Access to Quality Recovery Living Act. This bipartisan legislation will give states the resources and guidelines necessary to ensure recovery homes are able to effectively help residents sustain recovery from opioid and substance use disorders.

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CareFirst To Invest $1.5 Million To Increase Substance Use Disorder Services

April 9, 2018

 CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the region’s largest not-for-profit insurer, plans to award $1.5 million over two years to programs increasing access to substance use disorder services – including efforts to combat opioid addiction – in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia.

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Surgeon General Releases Advisory On Naloxone, An Opioid Overdose-Reversing Drug

April 5, 2018

Today, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., urged more Americans to carry a lifesaving medication, naloxone, that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The Surgeon General advisory on naloxone is part of the administration’s ongoing effort to respond to the sharp increase among drug overdose deaths.

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Public Invited To Opioid Community Action Planning Meeting

April 3, 2018

Area leaders and community members in Alexandria will gather on Monday, April 9, to address the ongoing opioid crisis at an Opioid Community Action Plan Meeting. This strategic planning session will address the local impact of the national opioid crisis, which affects all ages, cultural backgrounds, income levels and neighborhoods in Alexandria.

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Northam Announces Publication Highlights Virginia’s Peer Crowd Research Initiatives

March 22, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Health Education & Behavior Journal published a study that highlights Virginia’s work on using innovative “peer crowd” research to determine which teen subcultures are more at risk of engaging in specific adverse health behaviors, including tobacco and substance use.

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New VCU Report Shows Death Rates Are Rising In Virginia’s White Population

March 22, 2018

Societal issues are driving an increase in death rates among Virginia’s white population, according to a new report from  Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Society and Health. Stress-related conditions—including unintentional drug overdoses, suicides, alcoholic liver disease and alcohol poisonings—are killing white Virginians ages 25-54 at increasing rates.

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Nearly 1,000 Use Local SoberRide Program On St. Patrick’s Day

March 22, 2018

A record 978 persons in the Washington, DC metropolitan area used the free safe ride service, SoberRide®, this St. Patrick’s Day as opposed to possibly driving home drunk.

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Winter Storm Safety Tips

March 20, 2018

It may be the first day of spring but the Mid-Atlantic is bracing for a winter storm that could drop a lot of snow across parts of the region.  This storm could create potentially dangerous conditions. 

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Trump Unveils Plan To Fight Opioid Crisis

March 20, 2018

President Donald J. Trump yesterday unveiled his plan to fight the nationwide opioid crisis. The efforts will be led by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service and the U. S. Department of Justice.

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