NORFOLK, VA (AP) – Officials in Virginia are struggling with a rise in heroin and prescription opioid deaths.
The state is on track to have more than 850 drug related deaths in 2015.
That number is up 9% from 2014.
Authorities expect 2016 to reach over 1,000 drug related deaths.
Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration say they’re working to curb drug overdose deaths, but it will take a while to see the impact.
A governor’s task force on the issue is recommending several steps, including requiring doctors to be trained in how to prescribe opioids.