Heroin: Has Virginia Reached an Epidemic?

Lawmakers want a statewide task force. How has heroin touched your community?

Lawmakers want a statewide task force. How has heroin touched your community? Patch file.
Lawmakers want a statewide task force. How has heroin touched your community? Patch file.
Twelve members of Virginia’s Congressional delegation, including both U.S. Senators, have asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to establish a statewide task force to address a growing heroin epidemic, according to The Roanoke Times.

McAuliffe's staff told the Times that it's important to address the spread of heroin.

What kind of impact has heroin had in your community? Tell us in the comments section.

Earlier this year, a large heroin bust in Stafford County included indictments of 11 suspects — less than a year after one single Stafford County arrest netted the largest heroin seizure in the region's history.

And Northern Virginia had an tragic reminder last fall that heroin reaches every community with the death of 16-year-old Emylee Lonczak of McLean, whose body was discovered in August. Her death was ruled an accident due to the "adverse effects of heroin and diphenhydramine."

What do you thing needs to be done across Virginia to address heroin use? Tell us in the comments section.

Cathy Kline Feaganes June 07, 2014 at 08:41 AM
.. Cathy Kline Feaganes Yes it has. There has been several break ins on our street we know who it is. The child has even stolen and pawned stuff from his own parents...but of course they have taken up for him, and are not trying to get him any help. The police have been notif...See More Like · Reply · 33 mins
Tracey Rosenberg June 07, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Mt Brewer, I am guessing ADDICTION has never impacted your family. You are lucky, well it has mine & she is my child & I want her to live and now she has been in rehab for some time now, so please know that comment is simply ignorance in a society where it impacts all of us. We all have struggles in our life & thru hard work & support ADDICTS can get better. I have never enabled my child but I am there now when she needed me, in every family there is heart break but with love & acceptance it can be overcome not with iditotic comments such as yours.
Emily Sherfey June 07, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Kids are using this stuff like candy. I had a teen stay with us that I was trying to help do it right in my own home...after countless times catching him, I kicked him out and I'm sure he's still doing it. He wouldn't get help, he refused to stop...I had to stop enabling him. We need help in this area!!! We need resources for these kids, safe resources that they won't feel threatened
Ex SF wife June 07, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Tracey Rosenberg, please ignore Joe Brewer. Some people only post to see it appear ~ not to give advice or encouragement. Please concentrate your efforts and energy on yourself and your daughter where it's effective and appreciated. My prayers are with you, your family and especially your daughter for a successful recovery. Hugs!
John Strother July 07, 2014 at 02:10 AM
I have seen this in many young persons lately. If you don't get the crowd into rehab, those that get into rehab just start over again once they reattach to their group. If you can keep them away from those that use it, it is a start. However most addicts will seek it out. No matter how many times they go through rehab.


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