Essex County Virginia

Aug. 1 Triad Meeting: An Epidemic of Heroin and Rx Opioid Abuse

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Posted on 07/12/2017

Learn More About Virginia’s Opioid, Heroin Abuse Epidemic

Heroin overdose deaths are rising – more than 600% in Virginia from 2010 to 2015. The victims are “far from the street-smart junkie types” you might have in mind, says one law enforcement officer. The path to that deadly end often has an innocent start, with prescription drugs for pain. This scourge doesn’t discriminate by race, gender, economic status or upbringing; it can strike anywhere.

At the Aug. 1 Triad meeting, Valerie Prince, with the Three Rivers Medical Reserve Corps, will show the film Heroin: The Hardest Hit, produced by the Virginia Attorney General’s Office. You’ll hear from recovering addicts, law enforcement officers, doctors, and parents of young people who died from overdoses.

Ms. Prince will also share information about statewide and local implications of the epidemic of misuse, abuse and addiction to heroin and prescription opioid pain pills.

If you’re like many of us, you probably have unused pain pills in your medicine cabinet, where they could be “borrowed” by children, grandchildren or other visitors. At this Triad meeting, you’ll be able to take home Safe Medication Disposal Bag so you can safety discard unused drugs.

It’s not an easy topic, but something we should all know more about.

Triad is a partnership among law enforcement, older citizens and their family and friends, and community organizations. Its goal is to enhance the safety and quality of life of older citizens, and people of all ages are welcome. For more information, email the Triad at, or contact the Tappahannock Police Dept. 804-443-3992.

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