Approximately 1,000 Virginians are killed each year by a fatal heroin, fentanyl, or prescription opioid overdose. In response, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring has made combating the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic a top priority, attacking the problem with a multifaceted approach that includes enforcement, education and prevention, and legislation to encourage reporting of overdoses in progress, expand the availability of naloxone, and expand access to the Prescription Monitoring Program. He has supported federal efforts to improve the availability of treatment and recovery resources and recently partnered with U.S. Attorney Dana Boente to create the Hampton Roads Heroin Working Group to develop holistic, community-driven solutions to the heroin and opioid crisis.
HardestHitVA.com is a companion site supporting Attorney General Herring’s education and prevention initiatives. A key feature of the site is the award winning documentary “Heroin: The Hardest Hit,” which features Virginians sharing their own stories of addiction, overdose, and recovery, as well as viewpoints from medical professionals and law enforcement officials who are working to address the problem.