In a joint letter sent on Thursday, 12 members of the Virginia Congressional delegation urged Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) to address the heroin epidemic that is quickly spreading through Virginia, as well as the rest of the United States, reports Fairfax News.
“Not a week goes by without a local newspaper or TV news program in Virginia reporting the death of yet another heroin addict. Many localities are on track to see double the number of heroin overdose deaths over last year,” wrote the delegation in their letter to Gov. McAuliffe.
The bipartisan effort included Congressmen Frank Wolf, Robert Hurt, Bob Goodlatte Jim Moran, Gerry Connolly, Scott Rigell, Morgan Griffith, Randy Forbes, Rob Wittman, and US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, as well as US Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.
The delegation expressed their serious concern for the growing use of heroin and its overwhelming negative effects on the Commonwealth and its community. The legislators urge Gov. McAuliffe to address the heroin issue and pull together a statewide task force to tackle this issue, modeled after the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug/Gang Task Force that was used to confront gang violence in the Commonwealth.