Heroin overdose fatalities in Virginia have more than doubled from 100 deaths in 2011 to 239 deaths in 2014, while an additional 547 Virginians died from prescription drug overdose in 2014. Between 2011 and 2013, every region of the state experienced an increase in heroin overdose fatalities. More Virginians were killed in 2014 by heroin and prescription opioid drug overdose than car crashes.
In response to this growing public health and public safety problem, Attorney General Herring has launched a five-point plan to combat heroin and prescription opiate abuse by creating and implementing partnerships and creative solutions for a complex problem. This film is one example of the preventive and educational measures the Office is pursuing to make all Virginians—from teenagers to adults—more aware of the growing crisis involving heroin and prescription and the risks associated with these dangerous drugs.