Jason S. Miyares
Attorney General of Virginia

Saving Lives and Addressing the Heroin/Opioid Epidemic

~ Enforcement, Education, Prevention ~

Attorney General Herring has made combating the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic a top priority, attacking the problem with a multifaceted approach that includes enforcement, education, prevention, and legislation to expand the availability of naloxone, encourage reporting of overdoses in progress, and expand access to the Prescription Monitoring Program.

He has also:

Attorney General Herring has been working on this problem since his first days in office, launching a comprehensive strategy in his first year in office:


~ Statewide spike in fatalities prompts five-part action plan ~

ROANOKE(September 8, 2014)--Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced a series of initiatives to combat a recent rise in fatal overdoses of heroin and prescription opiates. Legislative, prosecutorial, and educational efforts will complement and build on the efforts of other state, local, and federal agencies to fight abuse of prescription drugs and heroin. During Attorney General Herring's public safety tour in March, the spike in abuse of and fatalities caused by heroin and prescription drugs was discussed at more than 75% of the tour's 22 meetings. Herring announced his five-part action plan during remarks at the annual conference of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police in Roanoke.