According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, opioids accounted for 75% of the 100,000 overdose deaths in the last 12 months, and 85% of those — about 64,000 deaths — involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
Bedford County will join dozens of other Virginia cities and counties impacted by the opioid crisis in receiving money from a sweeping nationwide multi-billion dollar settlement agreement with several opioid manufacturers and distributors.
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America's opioid crisis started long before 2020, but COVID-19 exacerbated the problem.
Roanoke's meth-related fatalities jumped from 15 in 2019 to 51 in 2020. The city led Virginia in meth overdose deaths in both years.
“I have the impression that it’s been harder for people” during the pandemic, said Jeremiah Grogg, a lead counselor at Spero Health in Martinsville. “There’s been a lot of isolation that’s been happening. We’re very social creatures as people, so isolation is really hard for us just in general."
'Halloween' actress Jamie Lee Curtis urges people to "live a present life" by not worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.
The three biggest U.S. drug distribution companies and the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson are on the verge of a $26 billion deal to settle la…
Library to reopen at normal hours
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All branches of the Blue Ridge Regional Library will reopen to the public two days a week starting Monday.
Bassett couple scratches big $$
The Community Recovery Program was awarded $498,961 by the Appalachian Regional Commission to expand services in Martinsville and Henry and Pa…
Virginia will receive $13.6 million from a nationwide settlement with a global consulting firm under investigation for its role in promoting the use of prescription painkillers fueling the nation's drug addiction crisis.
Most of us have taken medicine to help heal from illness or injury at some point in our lives. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease C…
Kanye West has been urged to seek "serious help" following his outburst on slavery and abortion at his first presidential rally yesterday.