McAuliffe: VA's opioid problem a 'public health emergency'

McAuliffe: VA's opioid problem a 'public health emergency'

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is calling Virginia's opioid addiction crisis a "public health emergency."

In a press release on Monday, the governor's office says this is a response to a growing number of overdoses attributed to opioid use and in response to Carfentanil, a dangerous synthetic opioid used to sedate large animals, has made its way into Virginia.

The governor's office says a "Public health emergency is an event, either natural or manmade, that creates a health risk to the public."

This is the release issued by the governor's office:

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP, has declared the Virginia opioid addiction crisis a Public Health Emergency.

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