AG to introduce heroin documentary

Published 4:55 am Thursday, April 7, 2016

On Tuesday, May 3, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring will present “Heroin: The Hardest Hit,” a documentary about the danger of heroin and prescription opioid drugs and their impact on Virginia families and communities.

This free program will be held at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital’s First Colony Conference Center, 1901 Tate Springs Road, Lynchburg.

Herring will introduce the film at 7 p.m.; a reception featuring area resources and light refreshments will precede the film at 6:30 p.m. After the 45-minute documentary Herring will discuss it. Two people in recovery will also briefly tell their stories. The evening will culminate with a call to action to community members.

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This special event is co-sponsored by Centra Addiction & Recovery Services and the UP (Unlimited Potential) Foundation, a youth oriented recovery organization, located in Lynchburg.

“Heroin: The Hardest Hit” was produced late last year by the Office of the Attorney General and features Virginians sharing personal stories of addiction, overdose and recovery, as well as moving testimony from parents who have lost their children to overdoses. Additionally, it contains insights from law enforcement and public health professionals who are working to address the crisis.

According to Herring, 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.